Lochaber pri­mary pupils take part in in­ter-schools sports

The Oban Times - - News - EL­LIE FORBES eforbes@oban­times.co.uk

MORE than 200 chil­dren from 20 schools across Lochaber have par­tic­i­pated in the Lochaber Pri­maries In­ter- School swim­ming gala and ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion.

The day be­gan at Lochaber Leisure Cen­tre where the chil­dren raced in­di­vid­ual 25m heats and 50m fi­nals in front crawl, breast­stroke, back crawl and a 4x25m team re­lay.

Last year the swim­mers broke five gala records. This year many swim­mers came close, but there was just one record bro­ken - by In­ver­lochy’s Evie Jay Clark.

Evie beat Poppy Valen­tine’s record in the girls’ back­stroke by just over a sec­ond, set­ting a new time of 34.28.

Win­ning the boys’ race was Kyle Nolan. In the breast­stroke, the win­ners were Caitlin McGil­vray and for the boys, Alex Atkin­son. The girls’ front crawl had a clear win­ner in Danni MacLean, and the boys’ win­ner was Archie Macin­tyre, who also had a clear win over sec­ond place. This year’s most improved swim­mer was Saf­fron Jamieson from Caol Pri­mary.

The schools at­tend­ing the com­pe­ti­tion each year are split into cat­e­gories of small, medium and large schools ac­cord­ing to their pupil num­bers.

In the small schools swim­ming trophy com­pe­ti­tion, first place went to Lady Lo­vat, sec­ond was Glen­coe and in third place was Ard­gour. In the medium schools, first placed was Mal­laig, sec­ond was In­ver­garry and in third was Achar­a­cle. For the large schools, in first was In­ver­lochy, sec­ond place went to Lun­davra and third was Banavie.

Com­pe­ti­tions at Clag­gan Park then got un­der way with the chil­dren com­pet­ing in hur­dles, fol­lowed by the 100m sprint, 200m run and team re­lays on the track.

In the shot putt, the boys’ vic­tor was Aidan Ford­ham of Caol, who beat his near­est com­peti­tor by al­most a me­tre with a throw of 7.24m. The girls’ com­pe­ti­tion was a lit­tle closer with Mal­laig’s Me­gan Mor­ri­son win­ning by just 7cms with a throw of 5.95m.

In the long jump com­pe­ti­tion for the girls, the medal for first place went back to In­ver­garry Pri­mary with Lily Bloom. The boys’ win­ner was Corey Muir of Banavie by a slim mar­gin of 3cms. On the track Tamzin MacKen­zie won. In the boys’ race Archie Macin­tyre from Banavie took the gold.

Stron­tian run­ner Mya Carmichael took the 200m win, with sec­ond and third places also be­ing filled with run­ner from smaller schools.

For the boys, Liam Martin from Lun­davra took gold in his fi­nal. In the 100m sprints, Sarah Harper and Archie Bow­man were vic­tors.

The fi­nal event of the day was the mixed 4x100m re­lay, and it was Caol who proved to be the strong­est in this race, with Ard­gour Pri­mary show­ing ex­cep­tional pace over the larger schools and com­ing in sec­ond place.

Banavie and Lun­davra teams were run­ning strongly and bat­tling for third un­til their run­ners tripped over each other on the third leg of the race, which left the space open for In­ver­lochy Pri­mary.

Over­all, the ath­let­ics trophy for the small schools was won by Ard­gour Pri­mary. The medium schools’ win­ner this year was In­ver­garry and the large school with the most points was Lun­davra once again.

Pho­to­graphs: Iain Fer­gu­son The Write Im­age.

Small school win­ners was Ard­gour Pri­mary School.

In­ver­garry took home the medium school trophy.

Lun­davra Pri­mary School took home the large school prize.

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