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The Grey House School wins national swimming competition
PUPILS at a Hartley Wintney school are celebrating being hailed as being among the best young swimmers in the country after their school was announced as the winner of a national competition.
The Grey House School was declared the joint winner of the English Schools Swimming Association Dolphin Trophy, through the Learn to Swim Award Scheme, which aims to encourage the teaching of swimming in primary schools.
The top award is given to the school with the best record of attainment in swimming, and was this year won by Grey House, and Goldolphin School, in Salisbury. Both schools will be presented a trophy for their efforts later this year.
Colin Smith, head of PE at Grey House, said: “Every child at Grey House swims for six-and-a-half years. We expect them to swim. To actually come out and win, it's really good - it's not something we take lightly.”
All the children swim before school starts, at the Hart Leisure Centre pool.
As well as racking up the top overall achievement, Grey House is also proud of its star swimmer Amelia Trist, who is eighth in the country for the 50m breast stroke, and 20th in both the 100m and 200m breast stroke.
The 10-year-old, from Bramley, who is a member of Basingstoke Bluefins, said: “I want to be an Olympic gold medallist.” She added: “I just love being in the water.”
Mr Smith said the school values the importance of swimming, and added: “It's a life skill. If you develop a good technique at this age, it will stay with you forever.”
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