Six very privileged students from Chamber member Hipperholme Grammar School travelled down to London on January 24th to compete in the Independent Schools’ Association (ISA) National Swimming finals at the Aquatics Centre, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the students to compete in front of a very large audience at such a prestigious Olympic venue, where only two and a half years ago extremely talented athletes had competed in the very same pool during the London Olympics.
The day consisted of 80 events and the Hipperholme students took part in 8 of those. The day started off well with a win by Myles Stirk. Myles had a 15 metre lead in the first event, the 200 m U16 individual medley, and finished first in a time of 2.17.49, just one second off the national record. Myles also won his 100 m freestyle race and set a new record making him a twice national champion for the ISA North team. Charlie Kershaw was also extremely successful coming 3rd in the Year 8 boys’ 50 m breaststroke, and Harrison Layden -Fritz came 3rd in his event; the Year 9 boys’ backstroke.
The Year 9 and 10 boys swam for the ISA North relay team made up of three Hipperholme students out of the four, Myles, Harrison and Jack Wilcock who won a Silver medal. Charlie Kershaw swam for the Year 8 boys’ North relay team and achieved a Bronze medal. Lia Brehmer and Vicky Spires swam for the Year 8 girls’ team along with two other students from ISA North schools and unfortunately just missed out on a Bronze medal.
After a very successful and long day at the Aquatics Centre, spirits were high as the Hipperholme students left with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and six beaming faces. Congratulations to all the students who took part and represented the School with such talent and determination!
Myles Stirk - National Champion in U16 200 m individual medley and 100m freestyle (setting a new National Record for the 100 m Freestyle)
Charlie Kershaw - Bronze medalist in U14 50 m breaststroke
Harrison Layden Fritz - Bronze medalist in U16 100 m backstroke
Myles Stirk, Jack Wilcock and Harrison Layden Fritz - Silver medalists in the U16 freestyle relay and U16 medley relay
Charlie Kershaw - Bronze medalist in the U14 freestyle relay
Lia Brehmer and Victoria Spires - 6th place in the U14 medley relay