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Exciting action at schools' swimming galas 22 May 2008

THE annual Dolphin Trophy Swimming Galas took place on Wednesday at the NSC, Douglas. Thirty one schools participated in some exciting and close races before a packed public gallery and cheered on by classmates waving specially made banners.

Director of Education John Cain 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, Executive Officer Carole Tourle, who retires later this year and who has always taken a keen interest in swimming, carried out the honours. Albert Road School

In the small schools’ section, the winner was Ballaugh Primary School with 98 points. Swimming for Ballaugh were Tom Foulis, Alex Whitfield, Callum Leaton, Rebecca Cowin, Lewis Corfield, Sarah Kinrade, Andrew MacLeod, Rhian O’Leary and Lauren Whitfield. Second in the small schools’ section with 84 points was Dhoon Primary School.

Arbory Primary School took the honours in the medium schools’ section, with a team comprising Jacob Callow, Megan Howland, Harvey Neale, Leah Crellin, Brandon Pilling, Chloe Mulhern, Jack Black-Leigh, Sammy Dilworth, Rory Neale, Becky Bateson-Lewis, Callan Kelly and Grace Mullen. They scored 75 points. Equal second, seven points behind, were Marown and Kewaigue Primary Schools.

A score of 92 saw the Buchan School team – Ben Kebbell, Rebecca Brahde, Declan Horrox, Rebecca Hempsall, Joseph Bowes, Georgia Seaward, Sam Kebbell, Wallis Rodd, Sam Trinder, Erin Snape Oliver Van Veen and Ruth Hurst – triumph in the first of the large schools’ contests. Laxey Primary School was second with 75 points.

In the second of the large schools’ galas, Albert Road School took the trophy after notching up 90 points. The team was made up of Callum Smith, Abigael Dow, Jamie Corlett, Sophie Stoutt, Conall Jaques, Jessica Swales, Darren Smith, Ellen Barlow, John Whiteway, Amy Stoutt, Aidan Jaques and Emilia Stringer. A very close second with 85 was Rushen Primary School.

All four winners retained the trophies they won last year. For Albert Road, which has enjoyed great success in the galas over the years, the win was extra special as it is the last year the school name will appear in the programme. Pupils transfer to the new Scoill Ree Gorree in September.

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

The Department’s thanks go to the young swimmers and their teachers 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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