SCHOOLS across Chorley swam their way to success at this year’s SPAR Lancashire School Games Disability Swimming Gala.

Children from Mayfield School and Astley Park School represented team Chorley as they joined together at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre in Lancaster to compete at a county level.

Team Chorley stormed to success, bringing home a total of 13 medals in total including four gold, six silver and three bronze,

Thomas Pearce did Mayfield School proud, beating the competition to secure gold in the key stage five boys 25m front crawl race, while the school’s Chelsea Blackledge snatched the top spot in the length races without armbands.

The success did not stop there for team Chorley, with Astley Park School bringing home gold in the key stage three boys 25m breast stroke and silver in the key stage four girls 25m back stroke.

Astley Park students also managed to come away with bronze in the key stage four boys relay and 25m breast stroke, doing Chorley proud.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School from Heysham kick-started the swimming gala by performing a street dance routine which got all participants warmed up and ready to go.

Children also had the opportunity to participate in wheelchair basketball and handball taster sessions with Andy Whitaker, from the Football Association and Mark Stephenson from Lancashire Sport Partnership. Young sports leaders from Lancaster and Morecambe College provided a helping hand by encouraging racers and keeping times for each race. Joining them to have some fun was the official school games mascot, the Lancashire Lion.

Showing support for the SPAR Lancashire School Games Disability Swimming Gala this year was Mayor of Lancaster, Cllr Roger Mace with Mayoress Joyce Mace and Deputy Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Cllr Pat McFall. Meanwhile, Peter Dodding, sales and marketing director at James Hall & Co, was joined by a host of SPAR retailers to cheer the competitors on.

Gemma Stokes, school games organiser for Chorley, said: “Each year I am blown away by the enthusiasm shown by participants representing their school within the district. Congratulations to everyone who managed to secure themselves a medal from Chorley this year. The games would also not be possible without the support of the young sports leaders who volunteer to aid us in delivering such a successful event.”

The Disability Swimming Gala is the first of two main events in the SPAR Lancashire School Games calendar. More than 3,500 children from schools across Lancashire’s 15 districts are currently battling it out for a place at the county finals on July 3.