By: Songwe Chiwila Grade 11 On Sunday the 18th January 2015, eight of our ace swimmers as well as SMS Staff participated in the 1km open water swim, speed event....
St Michael’s School
By: Songwe Chiwila
On Sunday the 18th January 2015, eight of our ace swimmers as well as SMS Staff participated in the 1km open water swim, speed event. Their morning started quite early, with a brief bus ride to Maselspoort and time was spent by playing various brain teasers as well as with the singing of an original song by the name of ‘Bang Bang’…
On their arrival, the swimmers (who were swimming this event for the first time) scoped the Maselspoort dam, just to make sure they weren’t getting ‘in over their heads’. However, once the course was explained, heaps of sunscreen applied and some ultimate stretching was done, the newcomers were sure it would go swimmingly!
Different age groups would swim at different times, so that put Ms.Bridger, Mr. Muller, and Mr. van Wyk first. The swimmers found themselves treading water as opposed to the usual entry into the water. They swam exceptionally well and Ms.Bridger brought home first place in her category while Mr. Muller was placed third in his.
After watching the exceptional swimming done by their teachers, the girls were positive that they could do the same. When their age group was called up, the girls grabbed their caps and headed for the water (of course after taking multiple pictures!) They wanted to tell some jokes to loosen up but as we all know swimming jokes can be pretty difficult to aqua-er! The girls were off as soon as the siren blasted and made sure to stick to the track and breathe at the right times. However, theirmotivation was ‘why breathe when you can get a best time?’
A best time was what they got indeed! Majority of our girls achieved outstanding times which is a result of their hard work and the brilliant coaching of Ms.Bridger. As much as these great results are efforts of their own work, the girls can be sure to thank God for the help, strength and protection He has over their lives. We are proud of our swimmers and know for sure that the heart of a champion beats under a swimsuit