Barnet Primary Schools Gala

Yesterday afternoon, the annual Barnet Primary School Championships were once again held at Barnet Copthall.  The gala is sponsored and organised by GLL and supported by Barnet Copthall SC who provide many of the officials and support staff.  Many swimmers wearing yellow BCSC swim hats could also be spotted among the competitors.  Twenty three local schools took part this year divided into two divisions - those with more than 300 pupils and those with fewer than 300.

In the 300- division, the winners were Goodwyn School (also the winners in 2014) with 174 points.  It was a very close thing for 2nd and 3rd with Kerem just edging it on 162 points with Dwight School just behind in 3rd on 160 points.  In the 300+ division, the first 3 places were exactly as last year - Akiva were the winners on 159 points with Whitings Hill just behind on 156 points.  St Vincents Primary just squeezed into 3rd with 147 points, one point ahead of Brookland Junior

Congratulations also to this years most improved school, All Saints C of E (NW2) who, after being in 11th (and, it has to be said, last!) place in 2014 improved to 5th place this year.

In fact, improvement was the apposite word to apply to the whole gala, with many people commenting on the improved standard of swimming this year.  However, schools looking for improved performances next year could perhaps concentrate on the basic rules of competitive swimming.  The number of disqualified swimmers was higher this year and, for the most part, these were for easily remedied faults - not touching with two hands at the finish of the breaststroke, not staying on the back in backstroke, and leaving before the arriving swimmer in the relays. With the scores being so close, a few schools may be kicking themselves for points lost this way!

So, well done to all our winners and runners up.  We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and that some of you competing for the first time may consider joining Barnet Copthall SC!

Bev Stuttard

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