After a huge amount of hard work and preparation our Relay Team finally competed at Ponds Forge on Saturday 17th June. It was an incredibly exciting day and a real privilege to accompany the children and parents who have put in so much time and effort into training.
We arrived at Ponds Forge about 10.15am and the children were ready to get in the water at 11.00am to familiarise themselves with the pool, Apparently the water was colder than they are used to, which must have come as a relief from the temperatures outside and inside the pool on one of the hottest days of the year! Once the initial warm up was complete and everything was ready for the races it was time to have lunch and wait for the opening ceremony. A procession of team captains from all the schools who reached the finals opened the afternoon’s event and what an event it was to be!
After doing so well in the heats the children were now swimming against some of the top swimmers in the country. The girls had two great swims in their two events – the mixed stroke and freestyle relays. They knocked a whopping 5 seconds off their qualifying times which showed just how much work they had put in from the regional event. The girls managed to finish in 6th place in one of the B finals and can count themselves as the top girls relay four in the East Midlands – a great achievement.
The boys continued right where they left off in the regionals, winning their heat in the mixed stroke relay to qualify for the A final as third seed – which meant a good lane draw. The final of this event was so exciting with the boys battling for 3rd place until the end. They just missed out on a Bronze medal by 0.8 of a second but what an achievement! To finish as the 4th best team in the National Finals was absolutely brilliant. The boys also qualified for the freestyle A final, and after an exciting race finished in a great 6th place.
This was an wonderful opportunity for the children to compete on a national stage and capped off a great year of swimming for children at RMJS. It is worth noting that RMJS was the only school to qualify for all four events in the Nationals, that is some achievement for our little school here in Bingham! The majority of the schools we were competing against all have their own 25m pools, something we can only dream off, our pond is not quite the same…
All staff and parents were so proud of the way the team conducted themselves on the day and we really could not think the children could have done any more than they did – they swam their hearts out. Many thanks to all staff and parents involved and to the Nottinghamshire Schools Swimming Service and to the Calverton and Bingham Swimming club who have all done so much to help these talented children.