Young swimmers battle it out

big school winners Sessay are pictured with Thirsk Mayor, Cynthia Hesmondhalgh
big school winners Sessay are pictured with Thirsk Mayor, Cynthia Hesmondhalgh

Youngsters from primary schools from the Thirsk area battled it out in their annual swimming gala.

Held at Thirsk & Sowerby Leisure Centre, the 12 schools competed in individual and team events and all eight team members took part in the freestyle cannon to finish the galas.

The ‘Big’ schools trophy was won by Sessay School closely followed by Easingwold and Sowerby.

And Sutton-on-the-Forest took the ‘small’ schools trophy with St Peter’s Brafferton taking second place and Knayton third.

Eve Bower from Sutton-on-the-Forest and Louis Marshall-Milne from St Peter’s Brafferton took top spots in the 25 metres freestyle event and Megan Knowles and Isaac Barley both from Sessay finished first in 25 metres backstroke.

The event was organised by Thirsk White Horse Swim Team.

They were helped by pupils from Thirsk Sixth Form College, Hambleton Leisure Centre and Thirsk Pool.

Medals for the event were sponsored by White Rose Books, Pond Cottage Antiques, Easingwold Antiques as well as Thirsk White Horse Swim Team.

“It was once again a fantastic gala enjoyed by all,” said organiser Peter Fish.

“The event wasn’t just about winning, there were numerous gallant swims from children who have obviously only just started swimming, and without whom we would not have a gala.

“We hope that they will have enjoyed the event and will go on from here to join clubs like ours to improve their swimming and also to enjoy the fun that our teams have.”

For more information about swimming opportunities in Thirsk check out or Thirsk White Horse Swim Team