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Swimming success at AJIS gala

Junior School swimmers celebrated a host of medals in an Association of Junior Independent Schools gala at Darwen Leisure Centre, Blackburn.

Year Five pupil Molly Mills got gold after beating the rest of the field in the Girls’ Under 10 backstroke and Arthur Wolstenholme also notched top spot in the Boys’ Under 10 breaststroke.

In the Boys’ Under 12 fly, Year Six pupil Oliver Feehan came first and the Girls’ Under 10 medley relay team of Molly Mills, Annabel Elliot, Lucy Jones and Harriet Hanger were also celebrating a first place spot after finishing five seconds ahead of their nearest rivals.

Annabel Elliot in Year Five was happy with her second place in the Girls’ Under 10 individual medley and huge congratulations go to Year Four pupil Melika Mortazavi who swam in the Girls’ Under 10 front crawl (a Year Five event) and got a silver medal.

Silver was also the colour of the medals for the Girls’ Under 10 front crawl relay team of Annabel Elliot, Lucy Jones, Harriet Hanger and Melika Mortazavi.

In the Girls’ Under 11 breaststroke, Lauren Storey picked up a bronze medal, as did Leon Porter in the Boys equivalent. In the Girls’ Under 11 individual medley Lily Courtney also picked up a bronze medal for her third place finish.

Speaking about his first place finish, Arthur said: “At the swimming gala I swam breaststroke, but my other favourite stroke is butterfly even though people say that it is difficult. I enjoy practising my swimming so that I can go faster and keep winning in the races. Being able to swim at school is great.”

Molly commented: “It was a really fun day and I’m happy that we did well. Being able to swim at school is good and I also swim for Romiley Swimming squad. Although I swam backstroke in the race and won, I still think front crawl is my favourite.”

Melika added: “Backstroke is one my favourite strokes and I like front crawl too. Swimming is really fun and I think I could keep swimming lengths for ages. At the swimming gala I swam against people older than me, it was difficult but I’m really proud that I came second in the race.”

Specialist Physical Education Teacher Miss Jo Pepper said: “All of the 17 swimmers participated to the high standards expected at AJIS level and successfully got into the finals in at least one of the events they entered.

“They were a credit to the Junior School and I would like to thank all of the parents, family and friends that came to support the team as the boys and girls really appreciated it.”