Primary Schools Swimming Gala 2017

The 2017 Annual Primary Schools Swimming Gala will be held at River Park Leisure Centre. 

Over the past sixteen years Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club has hosted an annual Swimming Gala for approximately 300 children from over 20 primary schools in the Winchester area. This very successful and popular event allows many young children to experience the excitement of participating in their first swimming competition. 

Location: River Park Leisure Centre, Gordon Road, Winchester, SO23 7DD.
Date: Friday 16th June 2017
Time: 08:30 – 12:00

Winchester City Penguins Primary Schools Gala 2016

Winchester City Penguins Primary Schools Gala 2016

As well as the swimmers, their parents and teachers, our invited guests will include the Mayor of Winchester and our sponsors who help with the presentation of awards to the swimmers.

Support from local businesses and organisations makes it possible to cover core event costs, and reward all participating children with a T-shirt, goody bag and certificate. There are also trophies, medals and rosettes for the top six competitors in each event. 

Advice for swimmers

All information has been sent to the participating schools. Please speak to your school for details about the day and have fun! 

08.30 Registration for schools (Registration closes at 09.00)

08.45  Access to changing rooms for schools

09.15 Group photo (All swimmers are required to be poolside)

09.40 Racing starts

12.00 Event finish

Note: Registration and dry side warm up is 08.30 – 09.00 (there is NO pool warm up time so all swimmers will need to warm up in the hall during registration period)

Advice for spectators

Spectators are welcome at the event and although there will be no entry fees for any of the events there will be a small charge.  It can get very warm on the balcony, you may wish to bring a bottle of water.

08.30 Cafe opens

09.40 Event Start

12.00 Event finishes

Note: Spectators should be aware there is limited parking and we strongly recommend the use of public transport, and alternative car parks where possible.

Winchester City Penguins are grateful for the support for this exciting event from the following organisations:

Main Sponsor



Hendy Group: Winchester




St Francis Dental Practice



Christes Hospitall