Held at Barnet Copthall Swimming Pool, Mill Hill, the tournament saw eight Primary schools from across the community including Sinai, Rosh Pinah, MMK, Kerem, Independent, Wolfson Hillel, HJPS and North West. Each school brought a squad consisting of both boys and girls aged between 8-11-years-old. In total, 140 young people took part in the event, who were well-supported by more than 150 parents and friends.
The event was a huge success with all participants enjoying themselves and showing some fine swimming ability. No doubt there were some future Maccabiah stars in the pool.
Speaking about the Simchat Ha’mayim Swimming Gala, Maccabi GB Head of Sports, Matthew Travers, said, “This year’s Simchat Ha’mayim Swimming Gala was a fantastic success. Always popular within our Community’s Schools it really helps to introduce swimming competition to young, Jewish children and ingrain the fun element along with the competitive side. To have eight schools and 90 swimmers take part is testament to the popularity of the sport at grassroots level and Maccabi GB will do all we can to ensure that these participants will always have an outlet each year to take part in events such as this.”
Full list of winners:
Overall Winning School: Rosh Pinah
Winning Girls Team: Wolfson Hillel
Winning Boys Team: Rosh Pinah
Winning Small School: Kerem
Rosh Pinah squad in photo:
Georgia Garson, Jessica Charney, Leah Osher, Natalie Howard, Toby Kershaw, Daniel Lyons, Oscar Stephens, Mikey Charney, Talia Ruben, Kyla Rogers, Aran Khalastchi, Davina David, Oliver Shooter, Jonathan Woolf and Shelley Howard.