Ea­gles swim­mers soar to clean sweep

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

Ea­gles have again shown their dom­i­nance with a clean sweep of this year’s Tocumwal Pub­lic School swim­ming car­ni­val tak­ing out both the points and hand­i­cap shields.

With all three houses field­ing a sim­i­lar num­ber of com­peti­tors aged 8-13 years, it was the en­thu­si­as­tic par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Ea­gles team com­pet­ing in more events which led to their vic­tory to take home the Rose­mary Reed Shield for Par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The car­ni­val cul­mi­nated the two weeks of swim scheme that has seen enor­mous im­prove­ments in the stan­dard of swim­ming through­out the school.

Stu­dents from Years 2 to 6 par­tic­i­pated each day in small groups un­der­tak­ing stroke devel­op­ment and build­ing fit­ness.

Prin­ci­pal of TPS Dar­ren White said the num­ber of stu­dents who now com­pete in the 50m was a tes­ta­ment to the swim scheme.

‘‘Stu­dents are gain­ing con­fi­dence and skills which is very im­por­tant for their fit­ness as well as their safety,’’ he said.

‘‘It was very ex­cit­ing to see some stu­dents com­pet­ing in their first races af­ter over­com­ing their fear of the wa­ter.

‘‘Thank you to Mrs Hatty, with as­sis­tance from Mr Ha­ley, for the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the car­ni­val and for the teach­ers who as­sisted in mak­ing it such an en­joy­able day.’’

Many in­di­vid­ual swim­mers shone through­out the day with some age groups closely con­tested.

The 2019 cham­pi­ons were as fol­lows:

Ju­nior Boy - Alex Booth, run­nerup Heath Mansell; Ju­nior Girls Molly-Mae Ruigrok, r/u Adri­enne Jones; 11 Years Boy - Lo­gan White, r/u Cody Palmer; 11 Years Girl - Abi­gail Walsh, r/u Amalie Pate; Se­nior Boy - Char­lie Locke, r/u Will O’Con­nell; Se­nior Girls - Remmi Ward­law, r/u Tully Jones and Katya Eddy.

A num­ber of records were bro­ken on the day in­clud­ing four by Lo­gan White, Heath Mansell broke one and equalled one, while Liam Sut­ton, Rory Shep­herd, Lilly Clarke and Tay­lor Wal­dron all broke one each.

‘‘On Fri­day, 25 stu­dents will com­pete at the Fin­ley Zone Swim­ming Car­ni­val look­ing to qual­ify for the Re­gional Car­ni­val later this term. We wish them all the best of luck,’’ Mr White said.

TOP RIGHT: Ea­gles lead­ers (from left) cap­tains Rory Shep­herd and Alice Bourchier with the Rose­mary Reed Shield for Par­tic­i­pa­tion and vice-cap­tains Ella Lawrence and Bay­den Gowty with the Tocumwal Pub­lic School Swim­ming Shield.RIGHT: TPS In­di­vid­ual Age Cham­pi­ons (back, from left) 11 years girls Abi­gail Walsh and boys Lo­gan White; (front) Ju­nior girls Molly-Mae Ruigrok, Se­nior girls Remmi Ward­law, Se­nior boys Char­lie Locke and Ju­nior boys Alex Booth.

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