The new 50m Hengrove Park swimming pool was the venue for the Ashton Park School Sport Partnership Swimming Gala last Wednesday. 150 pupils from 10 primary schools competed in the gala. The new 50m pool can very cleverly divide into deep and shallow pools so the gala included a mixture of traditional stroke races in the deep pool along with races in the shallow pool to accommodate developing swimmers. There were even fun ‘cross pool’ relays involving rafts, balls and floats, which the children loved.
The Gala was also part of the Partnership’s London 2012 ‘Get Set’ programme and kicked off with a spectacular opening ceremony involving a flag and torch procession. The Lord Mayor opened the event by welcoming swimmers and led all the competitors and staff with raised hands, in reciting a fair play, friendship and determination oath.
Partnership Development Manager Cherry Kraus said ‘ We are very lucky to have such a fantastic new facility in South Bristol, and it was great to be able to help celebrate it’s opening as well as embrace the ‘Spirit of the Games.’ The children today had a fantastic time, both swimmers and weaker swimmers alike.’
Individual and relay winners took to the podium to proudly to receive their medals.
Overall team champions were St Patricks Catholic Primary School with Waycroft Academy taking silver and St Bernadettes Catholic Primary School bronze.
The event was supported by students from the Bristol University ‘Relays ‘ events team along with Community Sports leaders from Ashton Park School and St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School.
Go to the Gallery for more photos of this event
Posted on 27 April 2012,