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Galas a splashing success 24 May 2007

THE annual Dolphin Trophy Swimming Galas took place yesterday at the NSC, Douglas.

Thirty primary schools participated in some exciting and close races, including, for the first time, the Bunscoill at St John’s.

Education Minister Anne Craine MHK kindly presented the prizes at the end of the small and medium schools’ galas, held in the morning. In the afternoon, when large schools competed in two categories, retired Education Adviser Stuart Loaring carried out the honours.

In the small schools’ section, the winner – retaining the trophy it won last year – was Ballaugh School with 102 points, the highest total of the day. Swimming for Ballaugh were Callum Leaton, Sarah Kinrade, Chris Owen, Rebecca Cowin, Nick Oxley, Lauren Whitfield and Blair Hendrickson.

Second in the small schools’ section was Dhoon School, with 80 points. Third was Kewaigue School, close behind with 77 points.

Arbory School took the honours in the medium schools’ section, with a team comprising Harvey Kneale, Leah Crellin, Aaron Ledingham, Jessica Newby, Jacob Callow, Kara Varetto, Adam Cowin, Samantha Dilworth, Callan Kelly, Megan Howland, Sam Wheeler and Georgia Price.

Arbory achieved 81 points to second-placed Ballasalla’s 76 and third-placed St John’s 61. Albert Road School with retired adviser Stuart Loaring

In the close-fought large schools’ category one gala, which went down to the nail-biting relays at the end, the Buchan School (68 points) won by three points from Ballacottier School to hold on to the trophy it won last year. Scoill Vallajeelt was third with 62 points.

Swimming for the Buchan School were Christopher Chan, Ashley Bird, Nicholas White, Louise Harris, Sam Kebbell, Wallis Rodd, Connor Martin, Sarah Butler, Ben Kebbell, Marissa Stevenson, Freddie Hall and Ruth Hurst.

Albert Road School in Ramsey was again the winner of the large schools’ category two contest, with 92 points and a team made up of Callum Smith, Katie Callow, Hayden Armour, Casey Bolton, Kaylem Watterson, Leah Diamond, Robert Cowin, Laura McLelland, Aidan Jaques, Stephanie Brew, James Maska and Amy Stoutt.

A very close second, with 90 points, was Rushen School, ensuring a thrilling finish. Cronk-y-Berry School was third with 68.

Impressive silver trophies will be held by the four winning schools for a year and all the swimmers taking part will receive certificates.

The event has become a traditional part of the school calendar and saw the public gallery at the NSC packed to capacity.

Mrs Craine said:

‘The Dolphin Trophy was a smashing event with superb swimming from all participants. Credit must go to all those who coach these children and who give the encouragement that makes swimming such a fun sport. I was pleased to be able to see some of the exciting races and congratulate all those who took part. Everyone was a winner!’

Thanks go to the young swimmers for their high standard of competition and to officials from the Isle of Man Swimming Association for their efficient running of the event as well as to the many individuals who helped on the day. Thanks also go to the NSC staff and management and Isle of Man Transport and Protours.

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