Super Swimmers at Swimarathon

Teams from Trinity, Nettlebed, Gillotts and Valley Road Schools, 1st Henley Brownies and South Oxon Mencap Meteor Club swam their hearts out at the Henley Lions Swimarathon on Saturday afternoon at Henley Leisure Centre, raising money for local charities.

The teams had 40 minutes to swim as many lengths as they could with the Swim for Gillotts team completing the most lengths – clocking up an amazing 109 lengths!

Lions Swimarathon organiser, Wendy Franklin said, “The Lions Club of Henley on Thames want to say a huge thank you to all the schools and local organisations that took part in their annual swimarathon. 11 amazing teams comprising 74 fantastic swimmers took part swimming a total of 884 lengths, raising over £3300 for local charities. This event would not be possible without the volunteers in The Lions, and the support of the local community.”

Nettlebed Community Primary School entered two teams again this year.  A Year 4 team named ‘Super Seals’ (69 lengths) who were raising money for Mind. While an older team made up of Year 5 and 6 (‘Fast Fishes’) children joined forces to raise money for Rett UK (71 lengths).

Nettlebed School Parent Victoria Dingle said “Every child swam to the best of their ability and were excellent ambassadors for the school. Their team spirit was clear to see, demonstrate inclusivity and support. They each demonstrated the schools diamond rules especially by being the best they could be. My daughter joined the school in September and is thriving. She loves going to school and spending time with her new community at the weekends. Nettlebed school is a little gem that parents need to be aware of. They go over and above, reaching up and reaching out. ”

The full results for all the teams were:

  • Barracudas – 90
  • Water Warriors – 82
  • 1st Henley Brownies – 69
  • Meteorites – 69
  • Super Seals – 69
  • Fast Fishes – 71
  • Torpedoes – 90
  • Swim for Gillotts – 109
  • Terrific Turtles – 78
  • Smiley Sharks – 79
  • Wonderful Whales – 78
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