Parish hope to make a splash in national race

Parish Church Primary School swim team
Parish Church Primary School swim team

Parish Church Primary School are hoping to make a splash at national level, after a successful regional swimming championships.

Superb performances at the Lincolnshire Winter Games back in March qualified the local youngsters for the East Midlands Primary School Relay Championships.

The school’s team recently travelled to the Championships held in Louth to take on the very best teams from the region.

The counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and of course Lincolnshire were all represented.

The Y5/6 team of three boys and one girl started with their freestyle relay heat and came third with a team that was fast enough to get them into the final.

In the final they secured a faster time, but had to settle for fifth place.

Teacher John Anderson told the Standard: “Fifth place in the whole of the East Midlands however is a fantastic achievement.”

And better was to come from the Gainsborough kids.

After a brief interval their next race was their mixed stroke heat and they were able to gain second place to earn a place in the final.

The final was a very close race with eight teams all aiming to gain a place in the coveted top three.

Parish swam a fantastic race using backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and front crawl.

The official times came in and they were placed third, which meant they had qualified for the National Finals in Sheffield in June.

Swimmer Jacob Flear was understandably delighted with the race.

He said: “I had never been to anything like this before, but we helped each other and swam as fast as we could.”

Team coach Anderson paid tribute to his young stars, and the support of a local swimming club.

Anderson added: “The whole of the school is beaming with pride.”

“To have a team at the English Schools Swimming Association National Finals is an unbelievable achievement.”

“Getting to the National finals is something the children, the school and the whole of Gainsborough can be very proud of.”

“I would like to thank Mark Smith from Gainsborough Dolphins for his support and I hope more schools from the area will be able to enter next year.”