Inaugural swim contest voted a winner

Sophia ConstantinePilbara News
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It has been an exciting start to the year for Baynton West Primary School students, who participated in the school’s first swimming carnival on Friday.

Health and Physical Education teacher Kelly Langlands said it had been a milestone for the school — which is the second in the area to have hosted a swimming carnival after St Paul’s Primary School.

She said she would love to see other local schools get involved and host swimming carnivals of their own.

“It would be great to be able to have an inter-school carnival as well,” she said. “It gives other students in the school, who may not be runners or team sports players, to have their time of glory too.

“It was a fantastic event with support from teachers from the school giving up their free time to come and help out, and parents.”

The inaugural school swimming carnival was held at the Karratha Leisureplex pool from 4pm-6pm and featured freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and relay events.

About 46 Year 4-6 students took part, with the field having been narrowed down by time trials two weeks earlier.

In Year 6, Sophia Holmes, 11, was named the champion girl and Conor Langlands and Dominic Algeri, both 11, were the joint champion boys.

Taj Fuller, 9, and Isabella Algeri, 10, were the Year 5 champions, and in Year 4 Isabel Payne, 8, and Will Muscat, 9, were the top swimmers.

Ms Langlands said the school would “definitely” hold another carnival next year after the success of the first.

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