CC Swimming Gala

What a night we had on Saturday at the Chichester Cormorants Swimming Gala.  Read more for a full report.

As most of you sat down to watch Dr Who, on the evening of Saturday May 11th, 16 eager pupils and parents gathered at Westgate Leisure Centre for the Chichester Cormorants Swimming Gala.  Six primary schools competed for the Winner's Shield, and the standard of swimming was extremely high; one school having a county standard swimmer.

The evening commenced with the Boys A Freestyle, in which Thomas, our only Year 6 boy, swam the 33.3m smoothly, in a respectable time of 28.29 seconds.  Thomas also swam in two relays before swimming the anchor leg of the Ball Relay; unfortunately we were well behind in this, but Thomas was not deterred by a 'solo' swim and completed the race in admirable style.

Chris, in Year 5, showed how Freestyle has become his strongest stroke, coming 4th in the Year 6 B race, in a time of 29.20 seconds.  

Next up were the two Year 6 girls A and B Freestyle; the former swam by Molly G, who achieved a creditable 4th place, and the latter by Sofia (Year 5) who gained a commendable 5th place.

One of the most exciting races of the evening followed, when Toby (Year 3) swam in the Year 5 Breaststroke, showing great determination and coming 4th, against far older boys.  He followed this later in the evening, with a gutsy swim in the Year 6 Boys Butterfly, missing out on 5th place by only a second.  Still not exhausted, he also swam in the Year 5 Boys B Freestyle and two relays.

In the Girls Year 5 Breastroke, swam by Molly R, only 1 second separated the last 3 swimmers and Molly was unlucky to have been pipped into 6th place.

George C swam up in the Year 6 Backstroke, achieving a time 5 seconds quicker than last year and Alice swam the girls race in a lovely, graceful style.

In the freestyle relay races, the Year 5 Girls team of Tayla, Scarlett, Sofia and Esme managed to gain an excellent 3rd place - a brilliant result.  Well done girls!

The Year 6 Girls Freestyle Relay saw the first swim of the evening from Izzy, Year 3, who anchored the race, gained on the swimmers ahead of her but, unforunately, she couldn't quite catch them.  Izzy is another Year 3 talent for the coming years; swimming in the Year 5 Medley Relay and the Ball Relay.

The Butterfly races are always the short straw.  As mentioned, Toby swam up (and up and up) as a Year 6, while Finn swam up as a Year 5 in both the individual race and the Medley Relay, putting in a solid performance both times.  George G helped out on the Fly leg of the Year 6 Medley Relay, with Sofia doing the same for the girls.  Esme swam both races for the Year 5 Girls and Scarlett, in the Year 6 race, came a very impressive third, with a time of 35.96 seconds.

The Boys Year 5 Backstroke saw George G in this first individual event, where he achieved a good 5th place, in a time of 36.60 seconds.

Tayla, Year 4, gave us our second individual 3rd place in the Year 5 Freestyle.  Hopefully, this time next year this might become a first.

George C, having sorted out his screw kick, swam a good race in the Year 6 Breastroke. In the girls race, Phoebe proved that being small doesn't matter if you have good technique, as seen with her 5th place in a time of 42.92 seconds.

Max, Year 4, swam the Year 5 Boys A Freestyle, coming 5th in a time of 31.21 seconds, which was 6/10th of a second faster than his sister's time in the girls race (Let's move on swiftly, shall we..., please? - Mrs S).  

The evening concluded with the Medley Relays and the challenging Ball Relay.

Overall, we came 6th, but all the children swam strongly; the other schools were just that little bit better.

What have we learned from this gala?

- Trunks don't fall down if Dad buys a new pair (Thanks Dad!)

- Goggle indeed work well when worn over the eyes

- Mrs West remembered the jelly babies

- Our children children are BRILLIANT at supporting eachother

- Bosham children don't complain at being asked to swim difficult races and do so with a smile.

Massive thanks to everyone who made this gala possible - our wonderful children, brilliant parents, Mrs Allen, Mrs Schutte and, for her tireless encouragement and expertise, Mrs West.