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March 15, 2011

Tuesday 15th March 2011 – Hampshire Primary School’s Swimming Gala

Filed under: PE,Swimming @ 7:39 am

Bishop’s Waltham Junior School was represented by two boys’ teams and two girls’ teams at the Hampshire Gala held at The Quays Swimming Centre in Southampton on Friday 11th March. This was the first qualifying round of the English Primary Schools National Championships with the final being in Sheffield in June. The teams were selected from Y6 and Y5 children who train at swim squad every Wednesday morning. Competition for a place in the teams was very strong and a lot of hard work and training was put into their preparation by the team members.

As always, it was a very nerve wracking event with eagle-eyed judges watching for false starts and take-overs and the electronic score board flashing up the race times to a hundredth of a second! Eighteen State and Private schools from all over Hampshire were in the same races as ourselves but swimming in three separate heats so putting in the fastest time possible and not just winning our heat  was the key to success.

Our swimmers were awesome and an absolute credit to our school. They swam with great style and discipline even though their nerves were jangling and the adrenalin was pumping with the excitement of the occasion. They all put in exceptional performances against many well known swimming schools in Hampshire to get the following results; 

Boys Medley A team = 5th place
Boys Medley B team = 6th place
Girls Medley A team = 1st place winning a Gold medal
Girls Medley B team = 8th place
Boys Freestyle A team = 5th place
Boys Freestyle B team = 11th place
Girls Freestyle A team = 4th place – just missed a Bronze medal
Girls Freestyle B team = 9th place

We now have to wait to find out which of our teams will be invited to swim in the next round of the Championships on Sunday May 8th at The Quays where they will represent Hampshire against schools from Dorset and Sussex. The Girls Medley A team, because of their 1st place, will go through automatically and we have a good chance with other teams too so team members please keep the date free! I’ll keep everyone informed as soon as we know.

Thanks must go to Lynne Bate, Mrs Serridge and Mr Sanderson for their help on poolside and to all the parents who provided transport and fantastic support from the spectator gallery.

Teams members;
Lizzie, Emily, Florrie, Janina, Maria, Aimee, Abbie, Isabel, Natasha.
Archie, Kieran, Finn, Max, Luke, Rob, Jamie, Tim, Jake.


  1. well done girls and i cant believe that they came 1st place.i was in the boys meadly that came 6th.

      kieran — May 16, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

  2. well done girls you were amazing in the fly.

      Millie — October 1, 2012 @ 9:22 am

  3. Well done,everyone did really well.I enjoyed watching the video.

      Benjamin — October 1, 2012 @ 9:23 am

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