The swimmers of RBAI have been on a glorious run of success for the past few months. Congratulations to James Brown, 11K, and Morgan Berryman, 11S, who were selected to represent Ireland at the Schools Games 2012 in London which were held between 6th – 9th May 2012. Both boys swam exceptionally well. Morgan finished second in the 1500m Freestyle only 7seconds outside the Ulster Junior Record (under 18yrs) for this event. The event was held in the London 2012 Aquaticsvenue and the team experienced the Olympic park and the accreditation/reporting procedures required at major games.
Morgan and James have also achieved the qualifying times to be considered for selection to represent Ireland in July at a Youth competition in Berlin and the team will be announced this month. This is a competition to prepare them both for the European Youth Olympics in 2013. They continue to train 7-9 sessions per week with their clubs and train on a monthly basis with Ulster and Irish Squads.
Congratulations also to Sam Manley, 10J, who was selected for the Ulster Schools Tenerife Squad where he, along with representatives of other Ulster schools, will attend a week long training camp. Sam also had a successful Ulster Gala in Lisburn where he won seven points and the title of ‘Ulster Champion’ in an amazing three individual categories; Sam is now under 14 Ulster Champion in 100m Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle and 200m Freestyle.
Lastly, congratulations to James Hume, 9S. After a successful season he has been chosen for the Ulster Schools Development Squad resulting in his attendance at a training camp in Manchester. He has qualified this year for division one having won several medals at the Ulster Youth Championships and a silver medal in the 100m Breaststroke at the Leinster Open in Dublin.
Boys, the staff and pupils of RBAI are extremely proud of you all; well done. We wish you the best of luck in your respective upcoming events and look forward to hearing about your experiences.
Pictured are James Brown, 11K, Sam Manley, 10J and Morgan Berryman, 11S.