Having gained valuable experience and qualified at a gala held at Millfield School during the Spring Term, our excited, if a little nervous pupils headed to the London Aquatic Centre with the support of their coaches and families. This event, which marks the culmination of over 400 schools competing in 40 qualifying galas held across the country, presented the opportunity for our pupils to demonstrate their talent, and shine. And that is just what they did, in front of 3,000 spectators!
Having come in first place in the country against 124 competing Prep Schools in the qualifying round, the U11 Girls’ Medley Relay team, Lilly-Mae, Mia, Lucia and Lara took to the starting blocks and once again delivered a strong performance; indeed it was a performance which saw them crowned IAPS Medley Relay Champions. Miss Woodger, King’s St Alban’s Swimming Coach commented, “When the medley team were the fastest qualifiers, I had high expectation for the final. They certainly lived up to those expectations; they should be very proud of their outstanding achievement.”
Our pupils continued to excel at the impressive Olympic Village venue. Lara, competing in the U11 Girls’ 50m Butterfly race, finished 17th whilst Lucia came in at 11th place in the U11 Girls’ 50m Breaststroke. Mia also excelled in the U11 Girls’ 50m Freestyle, bringing home 7th place. In addition, Immie displayed a high level of skill at competition level. Representing King’s St Alban’s boys swimming team, Harry competed in the U10 50m Back Stroke, finishing in 19th position.
All competitors from King’s St Alban’s can be extremely proud of their achievements, which we look forward to recognising and celebrating at our weekly celebration assembly; there the whole King’s St Alban’s community can congratulate them. To say that we are proud of them would be an understatement; Mr Chapman, Head of King’s St Alban’s was delighted with the results, adding, “These are the best results King’s St Alban’s has seen for many years, and especially as a small school this is something that we shall celebrate wholeheartedly.”
We are extremely proud of them all for representing our school and look forward to tracking the girls’ swimming careers as they progress to ‘Big King’s’ in September, as well as supporting Harry next year when as he enters Year 6.