Mini Olympics for Clitheroe’s young swimmers

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WHAT could be more exciting than swimming for your country in the Olympic Games?

Clitheroe Dolphins’ young swimmers had just that experience when they competed for their countries in a Mini Olympics Gala at Clitheroe.

With teams from Great Britain, USA, Australia, China and Japan taking part, the excitement built minute by minute.

It was made even more exciting as the points were so close.

In all, 131 athletes took part and there was no discrimination as to age and sex. The youngest was six-years-old – Daisy Dixon, while the oldest boy was 18.

Parents entered into the spirit of the event, waving their flags and cheering for their teams.

The children cheered just as loudly for their team-mates.

While there were no world records, 160 personal best times were recorded, as swimmers were encouraged to compete in events that they did not usually have the opportunity to try out.

As with all Olympic events, volunteers were needed to ensure that things ran smoothly, but there was no shortage, as parents rushed to be marshals, timekeepers, announcers and recorders.

The event was divided into two sessions with the 10 years and under swimming first, and the 11 years and over arriving as they finished.

The junior gala saw Japan and USA finish as joint winners ahead of Australia, with China and GB third.

The senior gala saw USA finish as joint winners with Australia, with Japan and GB joint third, and China fifth.