The South Australian Catholic Primary Schools Sports Association (SACPSSA) had 62 schools compete over 5 days in the Annual Swimming Carnival with 1018 competitors, competing in 8 sections.
Sections 1/2 were held at Burnside Pool where the pool had been altered over the Christmas break from 7 lanes to 8 lanes. This resulted in an increased number of schools in the two sections. To cater for this there had to be movement up from Section 9 to 8 to 7 etc which meant that Section 9 was deleted for the present.
S A University Pool at Magill catered for Sections 3 – 7 where we were blessed with good weather and excellent service by pool attendants.
Congratulations to Brendon Riley from Nazareth School who broke 4 records in the 4 events he competed in. The Under 12 Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke and the Senior Butterfly. This was a truly an excellent effort on his part and will most likely be repeated next year when he competes as a Senior. He will be aiming at the record set by Connor Walding of 28.90 secs in 2013.Brendon’s time in a 25 metre pool was 29.64 secs. A straight out 50 metres at Burnside for all his events next year look likely to be broken. Exciting times ahead for Brendon.
Section 8 comprises the Tier 1 schools, Glengowrie, Glenelg, Warradale, Edwardstown, Seacombe Gardens, Brighton and Sheidow Park and the Carnival is held at Westminster Pool.
5 further records were broken but the highlight for me came via a teacher from Sheidow Park. She explained that one of her relay swimmers had a broken leg some time before the carnival so a replacement child took her place. When Sheidow Park won a place in the relay the replacement child gave her winner’s ribbon to the child who she had replaced. This beautiful gesture was truly a heart warming deed of kindness and sportsmanship. My congratulations to her.
Some talk exists that swimming is waning in the State. Our results and competing numbers show this to be fictional talk.
Once again my thanks to those outstanding parents and teachers who helped to make our carnivals the success they always are. The management at the three pool sites also need to be thanked for their help and outstanding service.
Dates for 2016 have been finalised. Please see the calendar for event dates and nomination dates.