Primary Schools Gala 2018
On Friday Penguins hosted the 17th annual Winchester and City Primary School Gala. The event, at River Park Leisure Centre, was once again supported by the University of Winchester and Winchester Round Table, with sponsorship from five other local organisations.
The entire event focuses on children having fun in the water. For many this was a new experience and their first taste of competitive swimming, with some 280 Winchester school children from 27 schools showing their talent and enthusiasm..
Awards were presented by the Mayor of Winchester Cllr Frank Pearson, Councillor Lisa Griffiths, and Julie Amies from Energise Me along with the sponsors of the event.
WCPSC CEO Mike Fisher enthused “Our swimmers, coaches and volunteers were stretched this weekend to cover a full range of community and competitive activities. Some of our competitive swimmers were also volunteering at the Primary Schools Gala, in which they competed themselves a few years ago.”
“The Primary Schools Gala is one of the highlights of the local sporting calendar and allows us to introduce some 280 young swimmers to the fun of a gala environment. We also use the occasion to showcase the talent of our competitive squads through demonstration races. Whether it’s learning to swim as a life skill, swimming to stay fit as a child or an adult or swimming at County, Regional or National Level, WCPSC has a pathway of swimming opportunity for all.”
The participating schools were equally as impressed ‘Thank you so much for another wonderful schools gala last Friday, as always our team had a super time and thoroughly enjoyed the competition experience,’ ‘Huge thanks to the team for another superb swimming gala – See you next year!’ ‘We had not taken part in this event before and I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was a lovely event, run really smoothly. The children were really pleased with their goody bags and t shirts.’
Twyford School won the boys’ freestyle relay and St Swithun’s won the girls’ event for the second year in a row. In the 25m finals, Will Tarmey was in first place for Prince’s Mead and Aleksija Blow won the girls’ event for St Swithun’s. St Bede’s took first place in the boys’ invitation relay final, and Olivers Battery in the girl’s equivalent. In the mixed stroke relay final Twyford School and St Swithun’s won the boys’ and girls’ events respectively.
A big THANK-YOU to all our sponsors and advertisers for the event:
Winchester Round Table
The University of Winchester
Christes Hospital School Foundation
Places for People
St Francis Dental Practice
St Swithun’s, Winchester
The Lost Cinema
King’s School, Winchester
JT Mechanical Ltd
King Edward VI School, Southampton
Stroud School, Romsey
Anthony Munden Architect
Winchester Hradwood Flooring
Roger Walker Travel