7th Annual Inter Schools Gala 2018

One of the highlights of our local school year is the Annual  Inter Schools Gala scheduled for Thursday 12 July at the Pool . This is the seventh  year the event has run,  starting with the Mini Olympics in 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics, and the event has grown in popularity year on year.  All five junior schools in the town – Highdown, Trinity, St Josephs, St Peters and Portishead Primary – will be entering teams from years 3 to 6 who compete to win the coveted Arthur Grannan Champions’ Cup.

Over 250 children will be swimming in a total of 88 races, the climax of which was the exciting Team Year Relay race,  ably MCd for the third year running by Pool volunteer Tony Walmsley, and cheered on by their friends and families.

The organizing and planning each year starts months in advance of the Annual Inter Schools Gala.  In order to ensure the day is a success it requires a group of over 30 volunteers .   Rotary Club and Pool volunteers and staff support the qualified referee, judges and officials from Backwell and Clevedon swimming clubs and Clevedon Athletic Club . Each competing swimmer receives a certificate of excellence that is donated by local Estate Agents Reeds Raines . The 190 placed winners receive medals provided by the Rotary Club of Portishead and presented by the chair of Portishead Town Council .