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Crocodiles Seen in Ramsey Swimming Pool 2 April 2009

Girl swimmingRARE sightings of six crocodiles chasing young swimmers were reported from the new swimming pool in Ramsey at the weekend, but luckily the wildlife was inflatable. The occasion was the annual Wet ‘n Wild fun swimming gala organised by the Department of Educations Youth Service. Ninety young people in eighteen teams took part in a number of unusual events with names such as Pushing Penguins, Singing Aliens in the Rain, Froggy Frolics and Killer Crocs. In the school years 4, 5 and 6 age group the winners were the Laxey and Lonan play club team of Jake Hanlon, Ben Yeardsley and Eve, Molly and Harry Henthorn with 1261 points. Runners up were Stingrays - Lewis Howland, Thomas Fanchamps, Abbie Holland, Mairead Brew and Jamie Garrett. Closely behind were the team from Pony Club - Toby Wiltshire, Nathan Mealin, Aalish Creer, Kate Anderson and Jade Cannell. The top three teams were presented the much sought - after fish trophies by Youth and Community Worker Jim Maynard.

With a fantastic points total of 958, the Foxdale Teenagers (Foxdale youth club) were victorious in the school year 7 and over competition. The team of Craig and Chris Killey, Hannah Scarlett, Samantha Crellin and Dollin Mercer received their trophies from Paul Young, the Youth Service’s Outdoor Education Officer. The Pony Club were again successful, this time taking 2nd place, the team being Phoebe Cross, Breeshey Evans, Rio Hall, Imogen Cannel and Rachel Exon. Ramsey - based team The Jellyfish came third, and were Jay Moore, Graham Kennish, Ryan Cornelius, Kate Holmes and Hannah Grubb.

Youth and Community Adviser Mike Clague commented

“Wet ‘n Wild is one of many activities organised by the Youth Events Committee, and it was wonderful to see so many young people enjoying themselves and achieving success. Everyone taking part went home with a rubber duck - it’s that sort of event!” He added “The Youth Service is lucky to have so many staff and other adults who are willing to help out at events like this, from inflating the crocodiles to acting as starter, and they have nearly as much fun as the youngsters”.

Other teams taking part were from 1st Ballaugh Cubs and Scouts, Ballaugh play club, Michael play club, Willaston play club, The Foundry, Arbory youth club and Ramsey play and youth clubs.

The next event will be a major show at the Gaiety Theatre. ‘Ctrl_Alt_Delete’ will be staged on May 15th and 16th and features music, dance, theatre and magic.

Foxdale Teenagers
Laxey & Lonan participants

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