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Swimming Gala 2009

A Swimming Success!

After over 6 months in the planning, the Manchester South Scout District swimming gala finally took place on Saturday, 28th February. It was a fantastic success with over 150 participants (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) taking part. The event was held at Stretford Leisure Centre, which proved to be a brilliant facility.

We started the event with the Beaver Scout Splash - the challenge was to cross a width of the pool 'by-any-means'. We followed this with presentations to all the Beavers that took part. We then moved on to the equilivant event for less able Cubs - a width front crawl race.

This was followed by the 'main events' for Cubs and Scouts. We alternated between Cub and Scout events, starting with front crawl, then back stroke and finally breaststroke. Every single participant put their all into the event, and there were some super fast times!

At least the 5 fastest participants from the heats went through to a final, the finals were then held and the finalists were awarded points depending upon their finishing position.

We also held front crawl relay events for each section. Each team had 4 competitors in and they each completed one length of the pool. Double points were then awarded for those teams that completed it the quickest. 

We finished the event with an Explorer/Network/Leader freestyle length race, a little bit of non-competitive fun… 

We rounded the event off with certificates and medal presentations to all finalists. As well as the well sought after Cub, Scout and Group shields.

Congratulations must go to 88th Cubs for winning the Cub shield, 392nd Scouts for winning the Scout shield and 88th again for successfully winning the Group shield. 

This event would not have been possible without the support of the leaders and parents within the District. 

I would also like to express my thanks, on behalf of the whole District, to Manchester South Network for organising a fantastic event! 

We hope this will now become an annual event for the District and I look forward to seeing you at next year's event.

Full results will be published soon and will be distributed via the District mailing list. 

Ben Bowen 

Manchester South Network

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