IAPS Silver Medalists!

Friday 14 June 2019

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At the weekend, eight of our Junior girls travelled up to the London Olympic Park for the IAPS National Swimming Finals; Darcey B., Daisy D., Izzi P., Rosie M., Téa, Indie, Abbie L. and Ellie B.

For some of the girls it was their first time at the Olympic Park and the first time swimming at the London Aquatic Centre; a huge venue that even the Olympians found daunting to perform in, not just for the size but also the noise that the crowd creates!

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After an early (5.30am!) start and a wet, windy and long journey, we arrived to a packed out LAC and the girls, although nervous, were ready and raring to go for their 8x 25m freestyle relay final.  The girls were outstanding ambassadors for the school and their enthusiasm and support for each other on the day was a pleasure to witness.

The girls qualified for the event back in March and earned their place coming in the top 10 for the U11 freestyle 8x25m relay, out of 285 schools across the country and abroad.  Our team was seeded in 2nd place going into the race and did not disappoint, achieving the Silver medal and knocking off 10 seconds from their qualifying time, a huge achievement.

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We also had an individual swimmer reach the final for U10 backstroke: Year 5 Izzi P., who again achieved her place in the finals by beating 278 other swimmers nationwide. Izzy came first in her heat and in the final achieving an amazing 5th place in the country, knocking a second off her PB – a fantastic personal achievement.

A huge congratulations to the whole team who are IAPS Silver Medalists, and 2nd best in the whole country! The PE Department and team would also like to say thank you to the Swim staff Miss Tigwell, Miss Burt, Mr Pollard and a special mention to ex-student Chloe Pollard, who ran a number of masterclass sessions with the girls to get them finely tuned for the event. A big thank you also to the parents who have given tremendous support throughout and on the day to support their daughters’ achievements.

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