Swimmers are in the lead

August 04 2014

WHEN it comes to swimming, Bishop Road Primary School has been making quite a splash.

WHEN it comes to swimming, Bishop Road Primary School has been making quite a splash.
Not only have the swimmers won local competitions, but they have also obtained a national ranking.
Despite strong local opposition in the Percy Smith swimming league, the 58-strong squad was able to defend the title they won in 2013.
At the Bristol Schools’ Swimming Championships, the school entered a large team into the heats and came away with 26 finalist positions. They claimed four of the six trophies on offer.
Setting new Bristol schools' relay record times, the boys won both the freestyle relay, medley relay and overall boys' title, and the girls triumphed in the medley relay.
In total, out of 20 events, Bishop Road won 10 golds, seven silvers and three bronzes.
Individual event winners were Sam Randall, Mimi Lloyd-Simms, Ben Reynolds and Joseph Perera, who set a new 25m butterfly record in a time of 15.97 seconds.
Bishop Road also entered the English Schools’ Swimming Association Primary Relay Championships, which boasts a high standard of competition. The fastest three teams in each region of the country qualify for the national final.
The Bishop Road boys came 2nd in the south west medley relay, therefore qualifying them for the national event where they finished as the country's fourth fastest primary school medley team in a time of 1:09.08.
Ben Mullen, assistant head at Bishop Road, says that the key to the team’s success has been developing strong links with local swimming clubs.
Most of the squad belongs to the Bristol Penguin Olympic swimming club with some children attending Bristol North swimming club and Bristol Henleaze swimming club.
All three clubs work together as part of the United Bristol Swimming Club Network.

Bishop Road swim team