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Youngsters get in the swim

Date: 07/02/2008           Category: Young People

Youngsters had a splashing time at Medway’s Mini Youth Games swimming gala at the Black Lion Leisure Centre in Gillingham. Children from St Margaret’s Junior school, Rainham, were in the swim as winners of both the swimming gala and the fun gala – but the event was about more than just results. All those attending the various Mini Youth Games events held throughout the year are awarded points just for taking part, and with the emphasis of the games very much on enjoyment, the most sought-after prize is always the fair play award. This reflects the view that young people should learn to accept victory and defeat with equal grace and show consideration and respect towards opponents, team-mates and officials and was won this year by Danecourt Community School. Danecourt team members received individual medals and prizes while their school picked up an equipment prize. The Medway Messenger newspaper sponsors all the Mini Youth Games prizes. The swimming gala was the fourth event in this year’s Mini Youth Games calendar and attracted 23 schools and about 300 children. The multi-sport programme of events runs throughout the school year and is open to all Medway primary schools. It is organised by Medway Council’s Sports Development Team and each event allows youngsters to gain points towards the overall Mini Youth Games titles awarded at the end of the year: While St Margaret’s took both main prizes, a closely-fought contest saw Kings School finish in second place and Horsted Junior School coming in a close third. To get involved in swimming, join a club or help out as a coach or volunteer contact Tina Martin, Senior Sports Development Officer, on 01634 338764 or by email to tinasarah.martin@medway.gov.uk. For photographs or further information contact Malcolm Triggs, Medway Press Office 01634 332021