On Monday 15th October Avon House took part in the annual London North Independent Schools gala at Barnet Copthall pool.
After a fraught journey on a rain soaked and gridlocked North Circular, the team and Mrs Price at the wheel were relieved to arrive on time and in one piece. All races were 50m long and with sixteen schools in attendance, events were held over two heats, with Avon House always in Heat 1.
We first competed in the backstroke events and, after encouraging swims from Rayan, Safa and Elias it was next down to Daisy, the “defending “ champion from Year 5. Daisy swam superbly to come first again in an unofficial 44.04 seconds.
Next came the front crawl and with our earlier swimmers taking to the water again. They were preceded by Ben, of whom much was expected. He swam really well and maturely to gain a silver medal, trailing behind a lad from Gower who must have had fins and gills.
Last to go in this event was Daisy, relieved after her earlier win but her focus didn’t waver, resolving to “go for the double”. Daisy swam a great first length and, with a trademark tumble-turn, led narrowly from a gifted swimmer from Gower in Lane 8.Daisy was overtaken but the rest of the team frantically urged on their captain. Daisy managed to rally and overhaul her, coming first in an unofficial 38.86 seconds – cue much fist-pumping. Double gold !
In the last series of races, the breaststroke, Ben was once up against Michael Phelps’ younger brother and pushed him much closer to win a hugely merited second silver medal.
Well done to all the team for a terrific team spirit and for competing so well. All the team took part in timing and recording each other and some video analysis and debrief will now follow !
Particular congratulations to our two medallists, Daisy and Ben, who hopefully now go on to swim for the region in the National ISA Championships at the Olympic Pool.