On Monday 5th February, 28 determined and excited pupils, from across Key Stage 2, represented Southmead at Braunton Learning Community’s annual swimming gala. Alongside Southmead, were teams from Caen, Kingsacre, Marwood and Georgeham, all equally as eager to deliver amazing performances and cheer as loudly as possible!
The event consisted of separate individual races for girls and boys across all four strokes and culminated in relays for each year group as well as a mixed year medley relay. The individual races couldn’t have got off to a better start with a 1st place in the Year 3 Girls’ front crawl race, This was followed by three more firsts, one 2nd place, one 3rd place and two fourths in the remaining front crawl races. In the following breast stroke races, every swimmer battled admirably to beat other swimmers, collectively achieving two 2nd places, three 3rds and three 4th places. The remaining individual back stroke and butterfly races, however saw the return of a winning streak with the achievement of four more 1st places, five 2nd places, two 3rds and four 4ths.
The relays, that involve every member of the team and follow the individual races, are always an exciting end to any gala and this year’s races did not disappoint! Again, the Year 3s set the bar high for rest of their team mates, with the girls winning a gold medal each and the boys achieving a very close second place in their race. Every other relay was very closely fought, with the lead changing several times throughout each race resulting in five more 2nd places and three 3rds.
The final result of the event was:
1st Caen 130 points
2nd Southmead 111 points
3rd Marwood 68 points
4th Georgeham 62 points
5th Kingsacre 50 points
Any event attended by pupils from Southmead cannot go ahead without continued support from parents and so a big thank you goes to Mrs Rodwell and Mrs Dent who helped on the coach, and Mrs Nicholls and Mr Cardew, our lead parent sports co-ordinators, who gave invaluable help with the tricky task of organising the children on poolside and preparing them for their respective races. Every single member of the team gave 100% and proved to be outstanding ambassadors for Southmead by supporting each other throughout the event and behaving impeccably. Well done Southmead swimming team! You should be very proud of yourselves. It was a privilege to lead such an amazing team of children. Thank you!