By Jessica Georgelin – Year 8
Early morning and Richard Lander sent a bus load of specially selected students to the swimming gala at Millfield. The gala included schools from all over the south west, both private and state schools.
The gala took place on the 24th of September and the races were all relays consisting of four team members, Year 7 and 8 racing as juniors with the two older age groups, Years 9 and 10 racing as intermediates. There were two races for each age group, the 4x50m front crawl relay and the 4x50m medley relay, which meant each competitor did a different stroke; backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and front crawl. The rules were tough, the competition was strong and although RLS didn’t come out on top something else happened that made their day.
The day was a great success and couldn’t have happened without Mr Webb, a teacher at Richard Lander School. As an internationally competing surf lifesaving swimmer himself, he organised the student’s participation using his various contacts. Also he discovered that Commonwealth Bronze Medallist -200m Freestyle, Calum Jarvis, who Mr Webb used to train with, was at the event. Mr Webb managed to get students the opportunity to meet and have a photo taken with the man himself in a gap in his busy training schedule.
The gala was enjoyed by all who competed in it and hopefully the experience can be repeated next year.