Primary Aquathloners Splash and Run Their Way to Personal Success
“All of us went through obstacles, but in the end we all achieved our goals”
Louise Velayo 6G
It’s hard to believe that another year has passed since our last Aquathlon, one of our favourite events in the PE Department and it certainly comes around fast. 2011 was another exceptional year with a huge turnout of students, all fresh faced and eager to go, it’s always great to see their enthusiasm and determination as they strive to achieve individual goals, distances and times.
The Aquathlon consists of two sections, a distance swim followed by a run. The students work in pairs, whilst one is participating, their partner helps them by recording distances, cheering them on and helping them change from their swimming kit to their running gear, which is always a bit tricky when you are soaking wet and tired! It’s always encouraging to see how much the students assist and motivate each other.
The event splashed off with our year 5 and 6 students who are seasoned professionals by now. Although the emphasis of the Aquathlon is on participation and enjoyment the year 5 and 6 students get the opportunity to take things a little bit more seriously as they have the option of entering the competitive event which takes place in the 50m pool. The atmosphere here is far more serious as tactics are discussed and students compete against each other for the fastest times.
On Tuesday it was the turn of our year 3 and 4 students. Here the emphasis is more on an individual level as each student is encouraged to set their own personal goals, such as swimming a particular stroke or running that extra lap. Once again, it was great to see some fantastic swimming and courageous running from our year 3 students, participating in this event for the first time.
Finally, a big thank you to those parents and staff that came along to support the students, especially those that took part. Remember to keep an eye on the notice board as the competitive times will be posted soon!
Aquathlon 2012 is just around the corner so keep practising!
Well done everyone.
Primary PE Department
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