It was the first visit from St Helen’s to us in a long time and the gala was eagerly awaited by both teams. It was expected to be a hard fought competition and it did not disappoint. The gala still provided an opportunity for some girls to have the opportunity to represent the school and as usual, they rose to the challenge. MGS won overall in a very closely fought match.
This was a return match for Godstowe and proved to be as equally exciting as the earlier gala. Both teams had had much more practice and were recording much faster times. Again it was a nail biting experience, with those swimmers unused to competition relishing in the opportunity to represent their school. MGS managed to win three out of the four year group competitions and were therefore victorious overall. Well done girls.
Just before half term our year 4, 5 & 6 swimmers travelled to Haberdasher’s Aske School for the final round of the Paragraphic League. This is the competition in which we have been involved all year. It is for local schools to give as many people as possible the opportunity to swim competitively. Last year, more than 400 children were involved. This year the total number was almost 600 – a fantastic achievement.
Whereas the initial rounds are viewed very much as training rounds, where new skills are learnt, the final is a more formal gala. Referees, judges and timekeepers ensure that ASA rules are enforced and correct times are recorded.
The results are then announced to representatives of all the schools involved at the Annual General Meeting. It was more than a little tense as the times and points were extremely close. MGS did exceptionally well, with individual medals going to Libby, Zara, Zoe, and Arabella. Our relay teams were equally successful with all year groups winning at least one medal and in the case of Yr 5 both relay medals.
With a difference of only two points (despite several recounts!) we narrowly lost the overall trophy to Berkhamsted in yr6 but as a result of their superb performances, Yr4&5 were awarded with their overall trophies.
The swim team of Mrs Glinska, Miss Williams and Mrs Foster could not have been more proud.