Parish swim squad become county champs

Parish Church School pupils have been making a splash in the region’s swimming championships.

Both the Y3/4 and Y5/6 swimming teams qualified from the Gainsborough and Lincoln North Area for the county finals, with the younger squad becoming champions of Lincolnshire.

In February both teams travelled to Lincoln to take on 14 other schools in the regional district gala.

The Y3/4 team were hoping to go one better than last year when they secured second place, just missing out on the county finals.

In the individual 25m races the Parish kids performed well, but it was in the relays that they really showed their strength.

Time after time they came first in their heat with the fastest time, securing overall victory and passage into the county event.

For the Y5/6 team, the competition was extremely fierce, especially from local schools Morton and Scotter.

In the longer 50m races the Parish swimmers showed their class and matched their younger schoolmates to become district champions.

Both teams then made the trip to Grantham to take on the best in the county in the Lincolnshire Winter Games.

With new events for both teams such as longer 50m races for the Y3/4 team and ball relay, shark relay and motorbike relay this was a real test of the squads’ abilities.

Parish Church School’s Y3/4 team started slowly and at the lunch break they were in joint fourth place.

On the other hand the Y5/6 team were pushing for first place and were tied in second place at lunch.

It was a completely different story in the afternoon, the Y3/4 swimmers gaining first and second place in race after race.

The Y5/6 team were not quite able to keep up their strong start and although had some wins were not able to maintain the level needed.

When the final results were announced, the Y5/6 team had taken fourth place for the second year running, and also took home the Sporting Values trophy.

Against all the odds the Y3/4 team steamed through to win the competition, receiving medals as county champions and a huge trophy presented by three time Olympian Ross Davenport.

Team captain Caitlyn Biddle said: “We never gave up even though we were in fourth at lunchtime and it is amazing to have this trophy.”

Teacher and team manager John Anderson thanked the school’s swimming teachers, West Lindsey Leisure Centre and Gainsborough Dolphins for all their help and support with the children’s swimming.

He said: “Being County champions is very special for the school and the town of Gainsborough and I can’t praise the children enough.”