IAPS Swimming Success

Prior Park Prep School swimmers pulled off a ‘masterstroke’ at the recent Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) National Finals, at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley on 6 May, achieving a fourth place in 50m backstroke, fifth position in 25m butterfly and tenth in 50m backstroke.

The annual event hosted by IAPS, who seek to improve participation and enjoyment of sport by its pupils, brought together Independent schools from all over the country, with 1500 swimmers competing from 200 schools. 4500 children entered 28 regional qualifiers which led to 1500 children qualifying for the National Finals on Saturday 6th May.

Year 5, 7 and 8 pupils from Prior Park Prep School near Swindon, achieved the following results; Mackenzie fourth place in 50m Backstroke in a time of 34:98; Thomas fifth place in 25m Butterfly (15:89); Oliver tenth place 50m Backstroke (34.58); and all at their very first visit to the IAP finals.

For Oliver, Mackenzie and Thomas aged between 10 and 12 years, this was a very special opportunity, because they hadn’t expected to achieve finalist qualifying times, so to then place so far up the rankings was a great achievement.

It's wonderful that our sister school, The Paragon in Bath, also enjoyed success at the IAPS final. Following her 14 gold medals at the recent Somerset ASA County LC Swimming Championships, Year 6 pupil Jessica ,who trains with Keynsham Swimming Club, achieved a silver medal in the U11 25m butterfly, in a time of 14:58.

Inspiring the children further, London 2012 Olympic Silver medalist Michael Jamieson, was on hand at the event to present medals take pictures, sign autographs and inspire the next generation.

Well done to everyone taking part.

It was wonderful to see our pupils faces when they realised what they had achieved. I'm proud of them.

Mr Davies, Prior Park Prep School Sports teacher, thrilled with the children’s achievements
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