Strathkinness pupils make a big splash!

Strathkinnes PS swimmers
Strathkinnes PS swimmers

The tiny Strathkinness Primary School swimming team of Harry Paul and Anna Hedley (both P7), Isla Hedley (P6) and Freya Hedley (P4) punched well above their weight at the Fife Schools Swimming Championships.

The side finished in an incredible second place, and just a point behind Lawhead P.S. St Andrews.

In the first event, Isla got the ball rolling with a new personal best (PB) in the 25m backstroke.

It was, however, elder sister Anna who started the medal haul with a silver in a closely-contested 50m backstroke in a new lifetime best.

Narrowly missing out on a podium spot, a determined Harry raced to a superb fourth place finish in the same event, also swimming a new PB.

Heading into the 25m butterfly with the fastest seed time, the pressure was on Isla to hold off the competition, not least from Step Rock club teammate and Crail PS swimmer, Jasmine Latto.

In one of the closest races of the day, Isla prevailed by just 0.04secs to take the title.

In her favoured 50m butterfly event, Anna showed excellent technique, a clear victory making it double butterfly gold for the Hedley sisters.

One of the youngest swimmers at the championships, Freya swam a new PB in the 25m freestyle, finishing second in her heat and 21st out of 43 swimmers overall.

The final individual race was a thrilling finale for Strathkinness, with Harry neck-and-neck with his rivals in the 50m freestyle.

Barely taking a breath, Harry took a brilliantly well-deserved gold medal in a new PB of 33.92 seconds.

There was no time for him to rest at all, the very next event being the 11-and-under mixed relay.

The four-strong team again raced well and against the odds, took a magnificent silver medal.

Anna’s and Harry’s gold medals in their individual events allow them to be put forward to represent Strathkinness at the Scottish Schools Finals at the Aberdeen Sports Village in January.

Final selection depends on results elsewhere, but all the children’s efforts were “amazing news” noted the school’s headteacher, Mr Stephen Morrison.