Another early start for the ISA London North Gala meant we were well on the way for another fantastic experience. For the Year 4s it was going to be their first gala for school and for some of them it would be their first gala ever. A mixture of nerves and excitement radiated from the rear of the coach.
Thomas T and Abbie H were first up in the Year 6 50m fly. Not an easy stroke only made harder with the distance. Both Thomas and Abbie gave a fantastic performance and Abbie finished first in her heat. Unfortunately she was pipped to the post in the second heat and finished 2nd overall.
The Year 4s put in a great effort in their races, especially as some of them were covering distances they hadn’t covered before. The Year 5s also found the competition to be strong but that would not hold Lucy Q back from a fantastic freestyle performance coming from the back to win by at least 3 metres. Penny D also gave a great performance in her breaststroke race coming second overall.
The Year 6s knew this was their last opportunity in the primary category and really gave it their everything. Stephanie B faced a strong competitor in her heat and was gaining on the leader in the last 25m but by time they reached the wall she had to accept 2nd. In Year 6 boys breaststroke, it was Oakley D who took gold with a smooth finish. Lucy A achieved gold with a great performance in Year 6 girls breaststroke. Amelia O was excited for the Year 6 girls freestyle and was just beaten to first in her heat, however she took bronze overall.
In the relays the Year 6 boys finished first in their heat and were enjoying the fact they had finally beaten the Year 6 girls in something (they have been beaten in the triathlon twice by the girls team). The girls finished 2nd in their heat, however in the final results it was the girls who were to get the last laugh as they finished 2nd overall and the boys finished 3rd. Still the competition was in good spirit and a great way to finish the ISA regional with all Year 6s going home with a medal.
Lucy Q, Oakley D, Lucy A and Amelia O have all been invited to represent London North region at the ISA nationals at the Olympic pool on the 21st January.
Well done to everyone who competed and thank you to those parents who came to support.