In case you are not fully aware, Midlothian council are massive supporters of our swimming club. This year they have organised two swimming galas as part of their Active schools programme. This allowed youngsters to compete for their schools and showcase the depth of swimming talent that is present in the area.
Head coach, Colin Barton and Development coach, Lesley Inglis both attended to represent our club and provided officials to look after each of the races. Lesley Inglis said ” It was a fabulous opportunity to get everyone involved regardless of standards, and all the youngsters oozed enthusiasm. It was a delight to witness the high levels of team spirit”. A spokesperson from Active Schools stated ” The atmosphere poolside was amazing from the start to the finish with each of the schools cheering their classmates and friends. The response from all the schools was fantastic and it is hoped that we can build on the success of this year to include more events.”
First up were the primary classes who swam at Dalkeith Campus on the 4th October with the secondary competition held on 7th November.
Young swimmers from twelve Midlothian primary schools entered the primary event Lasswade PS, Lawfield PS, Rosewell PS, Woodburn PS, Stobhill PS, Gorebridge PS, Hawthornden PS, Loanhead PS, Cornbank PS, Kings Park PS, Mauricewood PS, Sacred Heart PS. With secondary schools, Beeslack, St David’s, Newbattle, Lasswade and Dalkeith all fielding swimmers on the second day, our club swimmers performed amazingly well with medal winning performances too numerous to mention. However worthy of note were the two secondary mixed relay teams from Lasswade who won convincingly in both events. Congratulations to all involved.