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Words and pictures by Colin Smeeton
The annual primary school swimming gala held at the Auchrannie Hotel attracted a healthy entry of 85 pupils and almost double the number of supporters from all seven primary schools on the island.
Sally Hunter once again took on the race supervisor and starter duties with head teacher Barry Smith and volunteer Ross Dobson handing out the medals. On the poolside teacher Julie McGhee helped organise the swimmers into their age and swimming categories with the help of volunteers including Eilidh Macpherson and Ellie Bonner.
Starting with the youngest, P2 pupils swam a breadth of the pool while the heats continued up to the P7 pupils swimming numerous lengths of the pool in various styles. The events culminated in the medley and freestyle relays which saw the gathered supporters and parents loudly cheering the pupils on during the races.
The girl and boy who secured the most medals were Beth McCarthy and Ruaridh Lindsay Smith who both received championship medals.
Organisers thanked the Auchrannie Hotel for the use of the pool and all of the participants and their families who went along to support. A large thank you was laso expressed to all of the helpers, volunteers and school teachers that enabled the children to take part in the event.
Sub-heading: All the gala race results
P 2 Girls Race 1: 1 Isla McKinnon, 2 Layla Cociuban, 3 Nadia Filpkowska
P2 Girls Race 2: 1 Evie Southwick, 2 Millie Dwyer, 3 Stella Brunasso Cassinino
P2Boys Race 1: 1 Toren Litton, 2 Mathew Lindsay Smith, 3 Finlay Bowers
P2 Boys Race 2: 1 Lucas Pearcey, 2 Charlie Gilmour, 3 Victor Gwizdowski
P2 Boys Race 3: 1 Reece Popplewell, 2 Harry Popplewell, 3 Connor Inglis
Girls Champions Race: 1 Beth McCarthy, 2 Ruby Wright, 3 Abby Stewart
Boys Champions Race: 1 Ruaridh Lindsay Smith, 2 Archie Gunaydi, 3 Jack Popplewell
P3 Girls Race 1: 1 Nara Wood, 2 Eva McRae, 3 Hollie Buckbey
P3Girls Race 2: 1 Julieta Gray, 2 Kayla Hewie, 3 Keira Webster
P3 Boys: 1 Jamie Ferguson, 2 Herbie Helliwell, 3 Kellen Craig
P4 Girls: 1 Grace Popplewell, 2 Kitty Townsend, 3 Ella Bowers
P4 Boys: 1 Jake Early, 2 Alex Haddow, 3 Alfie Gilmour
P5 Girls Backcrawl: 1 Rhea Webster, 2 Tilda Litton, 3 Alfie Gilmour
P5 Boys Backcrawl: 1 Myles Lindsay Smith, 2 Logan Park, 3 Ben McCarthy
P6 Boys Backcrawl: 1 Jack Popplewell, 2 Joe Owen
P7 Girls Backcrawl: 1 Ruby Wright, 2 Beth McCarthy
P5 Girls Breaststroke: 1 Rhea Webster, 2 Rosie McNamara, 3 Caylyn Millar
P5 Boys Breastsroke: 1 Andrew Currie, 2 Myles Lindsay Smith, 3 Ben McCarthy
P7 Girls Breaststroke: 1 Beth McCarthy, 2 Abby Stewart, 3 Ruby Wright
P7 Boys Breastsroke: 1 Ruaridh Linday Smith, 2 Archie Gunaydi, 3 Jack Popplewell
P5 Girls Frontcrawl Race 1: 1 Rhea Webster, 2 Rosie McNamara, 3 Lily Keir
P5 Girls Frontcrawl Race 2: 1 Caylyn Millar, 2 Lucy Blair, 3 Nina Szwalec
P5 Boys Frontcrawl Race 1: 1 Myles Lindsay Smith, 2 Andrew Currie, 3 Harvey Dale
P5 Boys Frontcrawl Race 2: 1 Ben McCarthy, 2 Logan Park, 3 Luke Goatley
P6 Boys Frontcrawl: 1 Jack Popplewell, 2 Harry Gilmour, 3 Reuben Bowers
P7 Girls Frontcrawl: 1 Beth McCarthy, 2 Ruby Wright, 3 Isabella Reid
P7 Boys Frontcrawl: 1 Ruaridh Lindsay Smith, 2 Archie Gunaydi
Medley Relay: 1 Lamlash, 2 Shiskine, 3 Brodick
Freestyle Relay: 1 Lamlash, 2 Shiskine, 3 Brodick
Head teacher Barry Smith and volunteer Ross Dobson present the children with their medals. 01_B22gala01
Teachers keep a close eye on pupils as they set off. 01_B22gala02
Children dive in as Sally Hunter blows the starters whistle. 01_B22gala03
Supporters and fellow pupils cheer on their class mates. 01_B22gala04
Competition was fierce for the popular front crawl category. 01_B22gala05
Starter Sally Hunter explains the rules of the race to S2 pupils. 01_B22gala06
Isla McKinnon proudly shows off her first place medal in the P2 category. 01_B22gala07
Champions of the gala, Ruaridh Lindsay Smith and Beth McCarthy show off their medals. 01_B22gala08