King's Hawford

10 February

Swimmers chase IAPS Finals

U10 & U11 IAPS Regional Swimming Championships

On Tuesday 8th February the Year 5 and Year 6 IAPS swimming squads competed in the West Midlands Regional Championships at Blue Coat School in Birmingham. All 20 children involved demonstrated outstanding levels of effort and enthusiasm and represented the school admirably against high calibre opponents.

The gala got off to an exciting start with the medley and freestyle relays, with all of the pupils competing in at least one of these races. The Year 5 team, made up of Hudson M, Max M, Barnaby B, Freddie P, Jack M, Harriette T, Isla H, Edith D, Erin L and Poppy C, performed outstandingly despite their nervous excitement whilst the Year 6 team, made up of Amelia M, Charlotte B, Georgia J, Elissa O, Anya R, Isaac P, Will L, Joe F, Edward S and Harvey R, demonstrated confidence and determination.

The Hawford teams applied impressive levels of consistency with regular third place finishes in these relays.

The Year 5 individual races continued this consistent theme with excellent third place finishes in the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle for Jack, Harriette, Barnaby, Poppy, Isla and Freddie, before an outstanding first win of the afternoon for Erin in the freestyle. It was so lovely to see the support, encouragement and advice that the Year 6 pupils provided to their less experienced schoolmates and the confidences that it inspired within the Year 5s. The U10 children should all be extremely proud of their efforts, contributions and performances in both the relays and the individual events.

Next it was the turn of the Year 6 pupils to swim their individual events. The vocal cheering and passion from the Year 5 pupils was amazing…predominantly led by the ever-enthusiastic Barnaby! Elissa got the individual races off to a fantastic start, with an impressive and resilient second place finish in the 50m butterfly; this was followed by two super performances in the 50m backstroke by Amelia and Joe. Both children were up against particularly strong opposition and should be hugely proud of their determination and techniques to finish fourth in their respective races. Next was the turn of the 50m breaststroke swimmers, Charlotte and Isaac. Both children produced outstanding races, with Charlotte securing a strong second place in a good time and Isaac leaving the rest of his opposition some way behind him in a highly impressive victory. With spirits in the squad high, our attention turned to the final races of the afternoon as Anya and Will competed in the 50m freestyle. Both performed admirably and achieved excellent third place finishes.

Both Mr Hodgkins and Mrs Phillips were delighted with the everyone’s efforts and performances in the pool but moreover with the wonderful manner in which they supported and encouraged each other throughout the event. Now we must all wait to find out if any of the times swum were fast enough to qualify for the IAPS National Finals later this year.