For many of the twenty children who took to the water on Sunday 16th February at the MetaSprint Series Aquathlon, it was their first time competing in an event of this nature and magnitude. The event took place at Sentosa, Singapore on what proved to be a particularly hot morning. There was plenty of crowd support on hand to cheer the children along and Dr Sharp came with her dog Sam who soon became considered the team mascot.
For those in the Youth category (aged 12-15 years), the event consisted of a 250m open water swim followed by a 2.5km run. Those in the Kids’ category (aged 8-11 years) did a 150m open water swim and a 1.5km run. Although the calm bay proved to be ideal conditions for the swim, for many this was their first experience of swimming competitively let alone out of the safety net of a swimming pool! However, everyone made it out of the water safely followed by a relatively long run up the beach into the transition area and then out onto the run course. What was lovely was to see several parents also entering into the spirit and taking part themselves; quite an inspiration to their children!
The sense of camaraderie was high, and it was great to see several relay teams taking part, allowing the children to combine their skills. The relay teams did so well that they managed to clinch 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th places in the relay category. Particular mention must go to Oliver Medcraft who came 8th in his category, and to Alice Nicholson and Carolyn Chessher who came 9th and 10th respectively.
A huge well done to all those who took part and hopefully we’ll see you for the next event in the Triathlon calendar; the Duathlon on 16th March.
Carly Peart Year 3 form tutor