Independent school students swim to national success

The Westholme School Swimming Team
The Westholme School Swimming Team

STUDENTS Blackburn's independent Westholme School have competed in the English School’s Swimming Association national competition.

The team - comprising of Grace Robinson, Jasmine Bullough-Teal, Amy Ainsworth, and Lottie Meade - took part in the Medley Relay at the Aquatics Centre in London swimming butterfly, freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke respectively.

They qualified for the national competition after winning the regional finals in October.

The Secondary Schools Team Relay Championships is the longest running championship series organised by the ESSA.

It is open to secondary school aged swimmers from across England, including state, public and home-schooled students.

The ESSA's national finals had 2,099 teams from more than 300 schools.

The Westholme team moved up from 26th position out of 30 going into the finals to 20th out of 30 at the finals.

Miss Bryony Parkinson, their coach and teacher of physical education, said: “I am so proud of the girls, they tried so hard and managed to swim a personal best.

"It is a real achievement to get to the Nationals after coming first in the whole of the North-West for both freestyle and medley relay.

“It was a great experience to swim in the Olympic pool.”

Dr Richard Robson, Westholme School's principal, said: “The girls performed brilliantly on the national stage and we are very proud of their achievement”