In­ter-school gala is a splash­ing suc­cess

The Arran Banner - - News - Words and pictures by Colin Smee­ton

The an­nual pri­mary school swim­ming gala held at the Auchran­nie Ho­tel at­tracted a healthy en­try of 85 pupils and al­most dou­ble the num­ber of sup­port­ers from all seven pri­mary schools on the is­land.

Sally Hunter once again took on the race su­per­vi­sor and starter du­ties with head teacher Barry Smith and vol­un­teer Ross Dob­son hand­ing out the medals. On the pool­side teacher Julie McGhee helped or­gan­ise the swim­mers into their age and swim­ming cat­e­gories with the help of vol­un­teers in­clud­ing Eilidh Macpher­son and El­lie Bon­ner.

Start­ing with the youngest, P2 pupils swam a breadth of the pool while the heats con­tin­ued up to

the P7 pupils swim­ming nu­mer­ous lengths of the pool in var­i­ous styles.

The events cul­mi­nated in the med­ley and freestyle re­lays which saw the gath­ered sup­port­ers and par­ents loudly cheer­ing the pupils on dur­ing the races.

The girl and boy who se­cured the most medals were Beth McCarthy and Ruar­idh Lind­say Smith, who both re­ceived cham­pi­onship medals.

Or­gan­is­ers thanked the Auchran­nie Ho­tel for the use of the pool and all of the par­tic­i­pants and their fam­i­lies who went along to sup­port. A large thank you was also ex­pressed to all of the helpers, vol­un­teers and school teach­ers who en­abled the chil­dren to take part in the event.

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Teach­ers keep a close eye on pupils as they set off.

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Head teacher Barry Smith and vol­un­teer Ross Dob­son present the chil­dren with their medals.

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Sup­port­ers and fel­low pupils cheer on their class mates.

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Starter Sally Hunter ex­plains the rules of the race to P2 pupils.

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Com­pe­ti­tion was fierce for the pop­u­lar front crawl cat­e­gory.

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Champions of the gala, Beth McCarthy and Ruar­idh Lind­say Smith show off their medals.

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Chil­dren dive in as Sally Hunter blows the starter’s whis­tle.

Im­mensely proud of her medal, Kitty Townsend came sec­ond in the girls’ P4 race.

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Isla McKinnon proudly shows off her first place medal in the P2 cat­e­gory.

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