A LOT of youngsters had some watery fun on when they took part in the second Alton primary schools swimming gala at Alton Sports Centre.

There were some exciting moments as the contestants carried out individual and relay races which brought cheers and applause from parents and friends who packed the public gallery.

There were 12 schools taking part, split into two groups of larger and smaller schools, judged on the number of pupils.

The year three to year six pupils competing in the Big Schools League came from The Butts, Anstey Junior and Wootey Junior schools in Alton, Medstead, Bentley, and Andrews Endowed Primary School in Holybourne.

While those in the Small School League came from St Lawrence Primary School in Alton, Binsted, Selborne, Bentworth, Chawton, and Rowledge.

Each contestant had to swim two races, one freestyle, the other backstroke, while being watched by a team of sports leaders and teachers from Eggar’s School, Alton, who not only helped with the organisation but sponsored the gala, paying for the swimming caps, trophies, and some of the pool hire cost.

The winners in the Big Schools League were the team from Medstead, with a score of 194 points, ahead of Bentley with 142 points. The team from Rowledge took the trophy in the Small Schools League with 175, ahead of St Lawrence School with 151.

Binsted Primary School won the participation award for loudest school with best teamwork and sportsmanship. All the contestants were given a certificate.

Organiser Leo Maliphant, Alton primary cluster PE teacher, who was assisted by Sarah McKennzie and race starter Lindsay Jacobs, said it was the second year he had run the gala in a bid to get more children enjoying swimming.

“It has all gone very well and there were some exciting relays,” he added.

Mr Maliphant expressed grateful thanks to Eggar’s School for all their help and sponsorship which had helped to make the event such a success.