The start to the new academic year brings new opportunities to be part of Greenfield Community School sports teams. Three trials sessions have taken place in Primary Years Program (PYP) for swim squad in our first couple of weeks back at school. The PYP swim squad has boys and girls teams in U8, U9, U10 and U11. We had huge numbers of children try out across the age groups, with approximately 100 children total. It was exciting to see the numbers were particularly high in our younger age groups.
We have seen lots of talented swimmers during the trials and some tough decisions had to be made. The final squad has been chosen by myself and Miss Lindsey, with a total number of 45 swimmers selected for the 2017/18 swim season. 22 are returning swimmers, but over half the team are new to GCS or new to swim squad this year and we welcome the new talent. Now the really hard work begins. The squad will work weekly during ECA time alongside our new Hamilton Aquatics swim coach, Amelia. She will be leading the afternoon sessions and the early morning Tuesday session for the committed U10 and U11 swimmers that can get out of bed early! Miss Lindsey and myself will be at both afternoon sessions supporting Amelia, monitoring swimmers progress and tracking their times throughout the year. We will work hard to develop their technique and stamina to prepare them for several competitive galas throughout the year.
This year the team will not only be prepared in training, but will look the part with a newly introduced swim squad kit designed bespoke for GCS over the summer. This is a first for GCS and an exciting development. This includes a girls swimsuit, boys shorts, swim hat and swim t-shirt. New squad members will be having a fitting session on Monday 25th September in preparation.
We look forward to a successful year for the PYP swim squad and always appreciate the help of parents at galas for timing and other roles. The gala dates and venues have not been confirmed for the season yet, but watch this space. We will be offering to host a gala again this year, but parents are welcome to come and support at any of our galas away at other schools.
Contributed by: Kate Smith
PYP Swim Squad Coordinator
Greenfield Community School