St Christopher’s celebrates triumphs at the ISA National Swimming Finals and clinches the ISA South West U11 Tag Rugby title

Posted: 4th December 2023

Harriet Critchley, Freddie Milner, India Milner, and Edward Critchley

We’re thrilled to share some incredible news with our talented students demonstrating exceptional prowess in sports, leaving an indelible mark on the national stage.

Four of our outstanding students – Harriet Critchley, Freddie Milner, India Milner, and Edward Critchley – showcased their swimming talents against competitors from schools across the United Kingdom at the Independent Schools Association (ISA) National Swimming Finals held at the London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on December 1. It was truly a remarkable display of our students’ athletic prowess and dedication.

Despite our school’s tiny size, the children made a lasting impression that speaks volumes about our school.

Harriet Critchley secured a silver in the medley relay, and India Milner earned bronze medals in both the 50m individual freestyle and the 200m freestyle relay. What’s even more commendable is India stepping up to participate in the year 5 200m freestyle relay as a replacement, showcasing her versatility and dedication to the team.

Our Head, Mrs. Alexandra Cottell, expressed immense pride in our students, saying: “This was a super achievement for such a close-knit school, and we are immensely proud of the children who took part. Their dedication and skill have truly shone on the national stage.”

In addition to our recent swimming successes, we also triumphed in the ISA U11 Tag Rugby tournament the previous week. It’s a testament to the all-rounded excellence that defines St Christopher’s.

Mrs. Cottell said: “Sport holds a crucial place in the curriculum here at St Christopher’s, and we actively encourage every student to participate. Beyond its physical benefits, sports are invaluable for mental well-being, teaching essential values like team spirit and the significance of active participation.”

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the organisers and volunteers who make it possible for our children to compete in such brilliant and inspirational events. Their dedication is truly appreciated.

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