21 April 2017
King's Swimming Goes from Strength to Strength
The start of 2017 has been exceedingly busy in our pool at
At the start of the Lent Term, our Third Form pupils took to the pool
during their PE lessons. Coached by Miss Hollands, each week our girls and boys
practised skills and drills, concentrating on one stroke per week. This gave
all pupils an opportunity to develop and enhance their swimming as well as
learn new skills, such as swimming butterfly, and learning to dive.
For those who were less confident in the water, one-to-one
lessons have been made available to ensure that at King’s we can be confident
that all pupils feel safe in and around the water.
Early in February, our swimming squad competed in their
first fixture of the season. The gala was against Clifton College and hosted at
King’s. We fielded a full team of swimmers from all year groups and everyone
performed fantastically well.
The final score was 67 to King’s and 43 points to Clifton – an
encouraging start for the swimming squad. Notable swims came from Jamie Chang,
Thomas Tsai and Jenna Craig, who stepped in at the last minute to help the team
to victory. There were also a number of swimmers who competed in other fixtures
that day, and there was impressive commitment from Ollie Piper, who despite
feeling very unwell, helped the U19 boys to “smash” the relay events with
Our boys’ swimming Captain, Ben Atal, has had a busy season,
with numerous external competitions across the region with his local club,
Wellington Swimming Club. In the recent Somerset ASA County Championships, Ben
competed in 13 different events, gaining a personal best in each. He also
managed to gain two regional times and a further two consideration
and came home with an impressive haul of medals and trophies.
At the end of February, six squad swimmers went to Bath
University for a long-course training session hosted by Miss Hollands. Long-course
is the name given to a 50m training and competition venue; most swimming pools
(including our lovely pool here at King’s) are a standard 25m. The aim of this
session was to give our pupils the experience of swimming in an Olympic-sized
pool as it is very different from a standard training session. The swimmers
worked incredibly hard and came away extremely motivated to train harder.
Some of our Fifth Form pupils have been practising their
personal survival skills as part of their GCSE PE course. Personal survival
includes such skills as treading water, fitness swimming, retrieving items from
the bottom of the pool and safe entries into unknown bodies of water (such as
lakes and rivers). Pupils also learnt about the potential dangers of open water
and have developed their understanding of how to remain safe in these
On 10 March the swim team travelled to London to compete in
the prestigious Bath and Otter Cup, a national swimming competition for
Hosted at the iconic London Aquatic Centre, our pupils had
the opportunity to experience swimming in the same venue as swimming heroes
such as Michael Jamieson, Rebecca Adlington, and Michael Phelps.
Charly Beak, Lottie Cannons, Hannah Jewell and Jennifer Iong
were the first pupils from King’s to represent the school at this of level
competition, competing against 81 different schools from across the UK and
other British Territories such as Bermuda and Fiji.
Our boys’ team of Ben Atal, TJ Haller, Ollie Piper and Ryan
Lui excelled themselves in the competition by making the final of both the
4x100m freestyle relay and 4x50m medley relay. In the freestyle relay, the boys
put in an impressive performance and finished in 4
seeding them in the top 10% in the small schools competition. In the medley the
boys placed 7
th. This is an incredible result for our King’s
swimmers at the first ever national competition, demonstrating our growing strength
in the sport.