'The swimmers did themselves proud'

More than 100 swimmers from 29 primary schools travelled to Watford Leisure Centre to compete in the Watford & District primary schools individual swimming Championships.

Royal Masonic School for Girls pupil Amy Bloomfield-Proud set the standard. She was the star of the gala after winning gold in the year five girl's backstroke, freestyle and butterfly.

Isabel Artime from St Margaret’s School took gold in the year five girl’s breaststroke.

In the year five boy’s events, Oliver Griffiths (Christ Church) and Patrick Brown (Northwood Prep) shared the medal haul. Griffiths took top spot in the breaststroke and butterfly while Brown secured first in the backstroke and fresstyle.

Haberdashers Aske's’ Boys School pupils Felix and Thomas Cheng dominated the year six boy’s competition. Thomas Cheng won gold in the backstroke while his brother finished in top spot in the butterfly and freestyle events.

Impressive performances from Molly Missah (Haberdashers Aske's’ Girls School) helped her to two gold medals in the year six girl's butterfly and freestyle.

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Aimee Woodage (Kingsway) smashed her personal best in the backstroke to take the gold and Charlotte Watson (Parkgate) claimed victory in the breaststoke.

Event organiser Zoë McQuire, from Watford & District Schools Swimming Association, said: "The swimmers did themselves proud achieving a record number of 205 personal best times between them. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the large number of qualified swimming officials and marshals we had on poolside to make the competition run so smoothly"

She added: "I am now able to select the Watford and District squad for the Hertfordshire County competition in May where I am very confident that our swimmers will do well and retain the trophies we won last year and more. I was very pleased to see several schools attending this gala for the first time though half of the primary schools in the Watford District were unrepresented."

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