King's Hawford

15 June

Year 6 pupil competes at IAPS National Swimming Championships.

Having qualified at the IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) Regional Swimming championships last term, Isaac in Year 6 at King’s Hawford was extremely pleased, if a little nervous to travel to the London Aquatic Centre last Saturday (11th June). The centre is located in the Olympic Village, a highly impressive venue; you can only imagine what a daunting experience this could have been for Isaac, however, supported by Mr Hodgkins and his family he took it all in his stride.

The IAPS National Swimming championships, held each year, see 40 qualifying galas take place across the country during the course of the Spring Term, with over 400 schools competing. From this series of regional swimming galas only the fastest 1500 swimmers are invited to the National Finals at the London Aquatics Centre. The event is supported by 3,000 spectators on the day.

Qualifying for the U11 50 metre breaststroke event, Isaac performed extremely well in his race, finishing sixth out of 10 swimmers in his heat. Much to Isaac’s delight he achieved a personal best time of 43.99 seconds. This impressive time placed him in twelfth place overall out of a total of 20 swimmers. Isaac was thrilled with his performance, stating, ‘I am so pleased to have swum a personal best time; that was my main goal.’

What a fantastic achievement this is for Isaac, one which we look forward to celebrating with him at our weekly celebration assembly, where the whole King’s Hawford community can congratulate him. We are extremely proud of him for representing our school and look forward to hearing more from him as his swimming career progresses in the years to come.