A wonderfully mild summer’s morning greeted the Year 4-6 students as they filed into Unley Swimming Centre last Friday. The water was warm, and the excitement was building, as our four Houses, lead by their enthusiastic Captains, set the atmospheric tone by belting out their catchy War Cries. The competition began with a record number of swimmers entering freestyle events all through the four age groups, an excellent indication of the confidence our students are receiving from their swimming lessons earlier in the term.
The lead changed a number of times over the morning, with York, at one stage, looking like breaking their four year Carnival duck. Novelty events, including rings, tubes, boogie boards, and the ever popular boat race gave all students a chance to get into the water, regardless of skill level. Before we entered the 50 metre finals, Pirie were hot on the heels of Rapid, and keen to capture their first ever Swimming Carnival trophy. Not to be outdone however, the Red Army produced the goods in the water and won 2 of the relays to clinch the trophy by the barest of margins, and go back-to-back-to-back!
We would not be able to put on such a successful, and smoothly-run Carnival without the assistance and support of the plethora of parent helpers, from the time-keepers, to the in-water helpers who braved the chilly conditions. Thanks to all the teachers and staff who carried out their roles with precision and prepared their students for the day. Well done to our House Captains, and Yr 6 leaders, who carried out their duties with confidence and a sense of pride.
Last but not least, I’ve often spoken to colleagues in other schools who tell me that their swimming carnivals are only for the advanced swimmers and many students don’t participate. I always walk away from Unley with a sense of pride that every single Immanuel student who walked through the doors that morning got in the water and when they did, gave it their all. And even when they weren’t in the water, they cheered, supported, encouraged, and were wonderful sports throughout the entire day.
Congratulations to Kelly O’Leary (6W Pirie) and Lachlan Washington (5H Pirie) for being named Male and Female Swimmers of the Meet. The swimmers of the meet are based on individual points achieved throughout the day, with bonus points given for Immanuel records broken.
We now look forward to Sports Day later this term, where we go from the water to the land, as the competition for House honours goes up a notch.
Michael Fouyaxis – PE Coordinator