Ilfracombe Aquathlon 2017
Southmead team scoop six silvers!
On Thursday 18th May, Southmead took part in the North Devon Aquathlon for only the second time. Almost 350 primary school children from schools across the region took part in this competitive event, held at Ilfracombe swimming pool. The Southmead team did amazingly well: six out of our seven teams took silver in their races, two children claimed a gold and a bronze in the individual races, and Southmead took bronze overall in the school leader board, out of 11 competing schools.
At this Aquathlon, the children must first swim between 50m and 200m in the pool; each of them battling against two other competitors sharing the same swimming lane. After leaving the pool, the children have to get straight into their running shoes and vest as fast as they can - even changing is a race! Leaving the pool, the children then have to begin their run with a steep climb up Hillsborough, and around the challenging hillside course. Each race is organised into separate heats, or ‘waves’, so even the leaders of each heat do not know whether another child in the same race has already, or will yet, beat their time … meaning that everyone has to keep giving their best, right up to the finish line!
All of the Southmead children performed brilliantly as individuals (results are posted below), with Reuben Rodwell and Marissa Poole both taking to the podium to claim their individual medals: Bronze for Reuben in the Year 3 boys’ race, and an amazing Gold for Marissa in the Year 6 girls’ race.
But what thrilled all of the children was fact that in almost every race the Southmead team secured a podium position, with Southmead children taking to the podium again and again as we won Silver in six out of the seven races we entered. This reflects both the hard work and swimming/running training put in by the Aquathletes themselves and the tremendous depth of ability which the school has been developing by investing in a rolling annual programme of swimming lessons and assessment for children across KS2.
Everyone tried their very hardest, and several Southmead children missed out on individual podium positions by the very narrowest of margins: Tommy Ashton was 4th, only 3 seconds behind Reuben Rodwell’s Bronze in the Year 3 boys’ race, while Isabel Hebard, 4th in the Year 3 girls’ race, was a mere 2 seconds behind the Bronze medallist from Woolacombe! Amber Drake came in 5th in the Year 4 girls’ race, just four seconds behind the Bronze medallist from Combe Martin (and only two seconds behind 4th place). In Year 5, Henry Jones was also 4th, only nine seconds behind the Bronze medallist from Caen, while Macy Nicholls who also came in 4th was just three seconds behind the Bronze medallist from Marwood!
But Southmead’s brilliant first-time overall Bronze was due to the brilliant effort put in by each and every child across the Southmead team. So a very well-deserved congratulations to all of the children who took part!
We are so very proud of you all!