English Schools Swimming Association Regional Success!

Back in March Balgowan took a small swimming team down to Margate for the Kent Primary Schools Gala. Tom Williams and Ted Pointon represented the boys and Isabelle Hampshire, Daisy Campbell, Olivia Dunn and Louise Taylor made up the girls’ team. Everyone competed in the individual events and the girls also competed in the Medley and Freestyle relays. The highlights of the individuals events were:



Olivia 1st – Girls 50m Breaststroke

Louise 3rd – Girls 50m Breaststroke

Ted 5th- Boys 50m Freestyle

Tom 7th – Boys 50m Breaststroke

Isabelle 8th – Girls 50m Backstroke

Daisy 22nd – Girls 50m Backstroke

Each event had between 30 – 40 competitors.


The really fun part came with the girls relays! The girls’ team swam fantastically and came 4th in the Freestyle and 3rd in the Medley. Unfortunately, we were disqualified from the Medley but the great news was that we qualified for the Freestyle Relay at the South East Regional Championships held in Guildford with a time of 1 min 09.15 sec.


The girls’ team travelled down to Guildford as one of the 16 fastest primary school teams from Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire. They went into the first semi final in front of a packed viewing gallery, swam superbly and beat their qualifying time by 2 seconds and after a nervous wait for the second semi final, qualified for the final. In the final they swam even better and beat their semi final time by 0.5 seconds and came a superb 8th overall (1 min 06.88 sec) out of 60 schools.


The girls had a great time and superb team spirit backed by a vocal set of parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters!