The Lady Royd Swimming Team took part in the second semi-final of the Annual ASC Primary Schools’ Swimming Gala, on Saturday 12 March.
The annual competition, organised by Bingley Swimming Club, is held at Shipley Pool over two separate weekends and attracts over 250 entrants from 24 schools, all vying for a place in the final.
The Lady Royd team competed were placed in a group of six schools in Heat 1, with a further 6 Bradford schools competing in Heat 2.
Although often pitted against very tough competition, with many opponents experienced club swimmers, the Lady Royd Team held their own and proved to be particularly strong in the breaststroke with Samir Karroum and Laiba Hussain both taking first place in their individual heats.
Aisha Matib swam particularly well, leading her race right from the start and comfortably taking first place in her backstroke heat with a similarly impressive performance from team mate Myiesha Rafiq, also taking first in her breastroke heat.
Daniyal Shaikh, Myiesha Rafiq and Azaan Ahmed all added further points to the Lady Royd total with second place in their individual backstroke heat.
But it was the team event where the young swimmers really excelled:
Freestyle Team Event:
First place for team – Azzan Ahmed, Mohammed-Yosuf Zahid, Myiesha Rafiq and Laiba Hussain.
Second place for team – Nidah Hamdani, Mohammad Khan, Laiba Hussain and Mohammed Yusuf.
Mixed Stroke Event:
First place for team – Azzan Ahmed, Mohammed Khan, Myiesha Rafiq, Laiba Hussain and Mohammad Khan.
Second place for team – Mohammad Khan, Samir Karroum, Nidah Hamdani and Aisha Matib.
Although the Lady Royd team won their individual heat on the day, they narrowly missed out on a place in the final.
‘Each and every member of the team swam exceptionally well,’ said Mrs Grant, ‘They can all be very proud of their performance’.
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