Over 1,500 young swimmers from 25 clubs across Ulster took to the starting blocks on Friday 5th June to compete in the Forest Feast AquaSprint Junior Swimming League Finals. Competing in eight locations, the top three teams in each of the four divisions (A,B,C and D) battled it out to see who would take the title and lift the coveted AquaSprint trophy, with the remaining teams competing to avoid relegation.
In Division A defending champions Ards raced ahead to secure a hat-trick win over longstanding rivals Bangor and Banbridge. Competing at Ards Leisure Centre, the team were ecstatic to bring home the Forest Feast AquaSprint title with the final results being Ards 1st, Bangor 2nd and Banbridge 3rd.
Nearby in Bangor’s Aurora Leisureplex, Division B finalists Larne, Dungannon and Limavady were going head to head to gain promotion to Division A. In the end, Larne emerged victorious with Dungannon placing 2nd and Limavady finishing 3rd.
Next up was the Division C Final at the Orchard Leisure Centre, Armagh, which saw Breifne go up against Lecale and Portadown. The gala remained a close contest all night, but in the end it was the Breifne team who managed to pull out in front and gain promotion for a second consecutive year. The final results were Breifne 1st, Lecale 2nd and Portadown 3rd.
At Cookstown Leisure Centre, Ballymena picked up an early lead against Armagh and Enniskillen in the race for the Division D title. Ballymena’s advantage eventually proved too much and they emerged as comfortable winners. The final scores were Ballymena 342, Armagh 259 and Enniskillen 239.
Christine Whelan, Forest Feast Field Sales Manager said,
“Once again the Forest Feast AquaSprint Junior Swimming League competitors displayed outstanding dedication and commitment to training and competing during the 2015 season. We would like to congratulate Ulster’s youngest swimmers for their achievements and the excellent sportsmanship and team spirit they displayed at Friday evening’s Finals.
“At Forest Feast we believe it is essential to involve children in sport from a young age, to help develop and strengthen their attitudes towards exercise and balanced lifestyles. The Forest Feast AquaSprint Junior Swimming League is a fantastic example of how enthusiastic children are to participate in competitive and fun sports!”
“We extend a huge thank you to Swim Ulster for its help in co-ordinating each of the galas and making sure the Forest Feast AquaSprint Junior Swimming League runs smoothly from week to week. Well done to all AquaSprint winners and competitors, we look forward to seeing you in October for the 2015-16 season!”