HUNDREDS of young swimmers took part in the Salisbury Primary Schools Swimming Gala on Tuesday evening at Five Rivers leisure centre. The annual gala is hosted by Salisbury Stingrays’ amateur swimming club.

Around 20 schools from across the area took part, with the children competing in individual and relay races. The fun and relaxed event is open to a wide range of abilities, from experienced young swimmers to children who have never competed in a swimming gala before. The evening ended with a medal presentation ceremony for the winning teams and individuals.

Tom Beddoes, chair of Salisbury Stingrays, said: “It’s been a fantastic evening with a brilliant atmosphere. It’s great to see all the schools joining in and cheering on their teams. We hope the children have enjoyed the experience of competing in a fun and friendly environment. Our huge thanks go to all the volunteers for making the gala such a success”.

Salisbury Stingrays Amateur Swimming Club is based at Five Rivers Leisure Centre. They run a Learn to Swim programme which is open to all children, as well as a competitive swimming squad.