Cub Scout Joshua Pate reports back from Saturday’s gala:
On Saturday 5th March 2011 it was the Manchester South District Swimming Gala at Stretford Leisure Centre. There were Beavers, Cubs and Scouts all competing against each other.
First it was the Beavers ‘splash’ where they swam a width of the pool. All the parents were cheering. Every Beaver got a certificate for competing and reaching the other side.
Next the Cubs and Scouts each raced one length of the 25m pool in lots of heats. The races were front crawl, back stroke and breast stroke. One of the races had a false start because the ‘hooter’ didn’t work properly so they had to race again.
Scout leaders timed the competitors and the fastest six swimmers from each event had to race in the final. I won gold in both the cubs’ front crawl and backstroke races, and Nathan Chambers got bronze medal in breast stroke. All of our scouts, cubs and beavers did really well.
The best bit was when our cubs relay team came first in the front crawl relay. We got a gold medal and a winner’s certificate to put on display in our scout hut. Our four relay swimmers were Nathan Chambers, Max Herrmann, Daniel Pope and me.
1st Withington (89th Manchester) cubs came second overall which is brilliant. Everyone came out with a smile on their face and medals clanging around their necks – it was a great night had by swimmers, spectators and all.
We can’t wait for 2012!!!