Inaugural Disability Youth Games swim gala

Swimmers from four of Medway’s special schools took to the water in the first ever Medway Disability Youth Games swimming gala.Picture of the DYG swimming, the St Werburgh Centre

Around 50 young people took part in the gala at Strood Sports Centre on Thursday, 27 January, competing in a mixture of fun gala-based relay races and full competitive relays.

Trophies and medals were awarded at the end of day ceremony to mark the achievements of the children. St Werburgh Centre (The Hundred of Hoo School) were the overall winners ahead of second placed Danecourt Community School. Third place went to Bradfields School and fourth spot to Hoo St Werburgh Primary School.

The event was organised by Medway Council’s 2012 and Sports Development Team and led by young leaders from the Youth Services’ Sports Leadership Programme.

Medway Council sports development officer John Hatchett said: “Overall, the day was a real success, and gave Medway’s young disabled swimmers the chance to compete, and more importantly, have fun.

“The atmosphere on the day was an achievement in itself, with fair play and courtesy displayed by all teams involved, and encouragement shown between ‘rival’ teams, showing what the day was truly about.

Picture of the Young Leaders at the DYG swimming gala“Thank you to everyone involved in making the day a huge success, in particular the young leaders who all showed great attitude and did a great job making sure each young participant experienced a fantastic event.”

The swimming gala was the first of three Medway DYG events that will take place in the 2011. The next is the skiing at John Nike Ski Centre at Capstone Park on Thursday, 28 April.

The final event is the Summer Games on Thursday, 14 July at Medway Park, which forms part of the Medway Festival of Sport programme.

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