YOUNGSTERS from schools across Chorley scored a haul of silverware after swimming their way to success at this year’s SPAR Lancashire School Games Disability Swimming Gala.

More than 200 children representing schools across the county joined together at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre in Lancaster on March 15 to go head-to-head in a bid to achieve sporting glory.

Team Chorley shot to success thanks to Mayfield Special School, which scooped two gold and one silver medals for the district.

This success was helped by Kieran Wilson, who bagged first place in both the 25m and 50m key stage five boys’ front crawl races.

Meanwhile, Laura Taylor did team Chorley proud after scooping silver in one of the day’s most highly-fought races – the girls key stage five 25m front crawl.

Gemma Stokes, school games organiser for Chorley, said: “It was brilliant to see such enthusiasm on show at this year’s Disability Swimming Gala, with everyone putting in a lot of effort in the hope of securing a medal.

"Well done to all our competitors, and a special thank you must go to our young sports leaders and volunteers without whom we wouldn’t be able to deliver such a successful event.”

The Disability Swimming Gala is the first of two main events in the programme, with schools across Lancashire now competing for a place at the county finals which will be held at Blackpool’s Stanley Park on July 4, where over 2,000 children are expected to battle it out for glory in a range of sports including gymnastics, football and athletics.