Lochaber primary pupils take part in inter-schools sports
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.
Small school winners was Ardgour Primary School.
Invergarry took home the medium school trophy.
Lundavra Primary School took home the large school prize.