School Swimathon gains momentum
A massive 3,983 school children up and down the country have already signed up to ‘swim their best’ in the first ever School Swimathon!
Swimmers from over 80 schools across England have stepped up to the challenge, set by the Swimathon Foundation and the ASA, to use their national curriculum weekly swim sessions to swim further than ever before.
St Mary and St Margaret's Primary School in Birmingham have 247 pupils taking part in School Swimathon across eight classes. School Swimming Teacher, Sonia Henningham said, “We have 250 children who swim every week from Nursery right through to Year Six. As a school, we are really lucky as we have our own pool, I teach all of the swimming lessons and we also do synchronised swimming, water polo or water safety so the pool is well used.
“We try and make swimming lessons fun and use all sorts of games. The children are really keen to take part in School Swimathon as they love a bit of competition. Our swimming hats were delivered last week so the kids have already got their eyes on which colour they want.”
On completion of the School Swimathon challenge, each pupil will receive a certificate to celebrate their achievement. School children that swim the furthest or improve the most could win some exciting prizes such as tickets to international swimming events, signed goodies and even the chance to meet their aquatic heroes!