On Thursday 4th June, Lorna Wright and Alex Pye from Aspire’s Swim School took seven swimmers, six of whom have had swimming lessons at the Aspire Leisure Centre, to represent Harrow in the ParaGames Swimming Gala at Beckham Spa, part of the London Youth Games. 

The London Youth Games is Europe's largest annual youth sports event, with more than 1,700 people taking part each year. 

The Harrow team was made up of seven swimmers - three girls and four boys – who each participated in one individual race and one mixed relay.  Out of 22 boroughs, the girls team came 10th and the boys team came 16th.   Ian Andrew won a bronze medal in the 25m Freestyle race.

Lorna Wright, Harrow Team Manager, commented:  “This was my first time going to Games, and I was privileged and amazed at the teamwork and motivation of all the swimmers and their parents, particularly Ian’s father Peter Horne.  We were by far the loudest team, cheering on everyone from start to finish!  I am extremely proud of the whole team.”

Read the story in the Harrow Times.

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