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Great Gymnasts & Super Swimmers

What a week! It has been an absolute privilege to take the children of Brampton Primary School to the sporting events this week has had to offer. They never cease to amaze me and are fantastic ambassadors for our school.

First up... The Gymnasts.
On Wednesday 10th February our gym teams competed in the first round of the Key Steps Gym Competition at William Howard. We had a great afternoon, our Year 1 and 2 Team worked really hard and impressed Miss Roberts in their competition, just missing out on a qualifying position. This was also the case for the second Year 5 and 6 team who worked really hard to put their routines together and impressed all who watched them. Whilst all of this was happening both the Year 3 and 4 Team and the other Year 5 and 6 Team completed their floor routines and vault to win their competitions to qualify for the second round, the Partnership Final which will take place on Tuesday 23rd February.

The Year 1 and 2 team: Iona Loughrey, Ellie Branstone, Emily Jones, Sky Noble, Ben Morton and Ethan Goodchild.

The Year 3 and 4 team: Daniel Hopper, Harrison Reynolds, Molly Morton, Summer Wharton, Michaela Tait and Kacey Brown.

The Year 5 and 6 teams: Nicole Karim, Tegan Nixon, Ruby Noble, Ruby Campbell, Emma Reeves and Brandon Curzon. Dannika Wilson, Madeleine Giecco, Chloe Thomas, Jessica Norman, Ariane Grieves and Sienna Taylor.

The gymnasts have already squeezed in some early morning training sessions this week and are all looking forward to the next round! Along with Mrs Armstrong, Miss Miller and myself. Thank you to Katy Mitchinson for her coaching support and to all of the parents who came along to support their children.

Next up... The Swimmers.
Today, Friday 12th February, was the annual Brampton Consortium Schools Swimming Gala. We had 8 children entered for the competition and the event took place at, The Pools in Carlisle. The children were all excited as well as a little nervous about the races ahead but despite this they all performed brilliantly!

The team was: Ruby Noble, Emily Barron, Millie Ross, Katy Mitchinson, Ben Mackenzie, Ryan Reid, Bradley Ridpath and William Siddle.

The children had to swim a heat in their allocated strokes and then the 6 fastest times went forward into the final of each event. A number of our children made it into the final, William being the first of them. He swam the 2 lengths front crawl and after qualifying in 3rd place he swam brilliantly to finish 6th place in the final - in what was a very tough race, all the boys in the closing few metres at the same time! Next up was Millie and she also swam in the 2 lengths front crawl, she was up against some stiff competition but she gave everything and was delighted to finish in 2nd place to receive the silver medal! We also had great results in the 1 length front crawl race with Bradley and Katy finishing in 1st and 3rd respectively. Both fought hard to achieve their medals, Bradley snatched the win in the final metre of the race and Katy reached as far as she could to touch the wall against some tall opposition! Time for back stroke and our next finalist was Ben. What a race! A gold medal in seconds for Ben as he zoomed along the pool. Very impressive! Ryan also made it into the final and tried his best in yet another close race to finish in a credible 6th position.

And finally to the relays… the boys and girls made it into the finals of the relay race both teams finishing 2nd in their heats. The boys were determined to bring home a medal. They started well with Bradley doing a fine job against the first leg swimmers. A touch on the wall and over to Ryan who showed his hunger for a medal by going as fast as he could, another change over and Ben set off with great gusto, gaining on the opposition all of the time. The final leg was down to William who dug really deep in the final stages of the race to bring the boys home in 3rd position for a bronze medal! Time for the girls… A great start from our lead off leg, Katy who kept the team in contention as the girls swam down the pool, another touch of the wall and over to Ruby who swam hard and continued to keep us in the race. Next up was Emily who held onto our position in a tough fought 3rd leg. Over to our final swimmer Millie who gave everything she had to bring the team home in what must have been the tightest finish of the gala, after an anxious wait we were awarded 4th place and just outside of the medals. A valiant effort from the girls and a great display of swimming. Just before heading back to school the icing on the cake was when we heard the announcement that Brampton Primary School had finished 3rd in the team competition! A first for our school and a great achievement.

All of the children gave great performances and were always encouraging each other, showing great sportsmanship and clapping all of the swimmers home. I would like to say a huge thank you to the parents who came to support all of the children.

A busy week full of great achievements, a well-desevered break and then back to it. Enjoy the half term break.

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