Water Triumph – Badge Testing Went Swimmingly!


J doing a practice swim in the BIG pool. Actual pics of testing to come.

The two granddaughters distinguished themselves yesterday when it came to testing for their Swimming Badges.  The weather was cold and drizzly but at least the water was warmish after a glorious day the one previously. At last, and just before her tenth birthday, R was able to crack the 1500-metre time limit of 40 minutes, and this time she did it with six minutes to spare.  She did the 800-metre when she was 5 (no time limit; just don’t stop) but hitherto has lacked the speed to succeed in this final swim-school distance hurdle.

J, now fully recovered from the sinus infection and meningitis, was officially supposed to double last year’s distance of 100 metres by doing 200, but (as I knew she could) she went on to complete 800!  Then, after a break, she entered the pool again to do Silver Badge testing — dive, freestyle 50 metres, tumble turn; backstroke 50 metres and tumble turn, dive, breaststroke and 25 metres, and dive and butterfly 25 metres. In her case, it has been completed just before turning seven.

This evening we propose going, appropriately, to splash out with a celebratory meal at a venue of their choice.

© April 2018 Colonialist

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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10 Responses to Water Triumph – Badge Testing Went Swimmingly!

  1. Stephanie Haahjem says:

    So happy that J is back in the swim of things-literally!

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  2. Geluk! Julle kan almal met reg trots wees op hierdie prestasies :heart:

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  3. Wow Congratulations

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  4. And so very well deserved too . Oh, I was talking about the young ones here and not the grandfather who has given his undivided attention and full support and without whom these well deserved avievements may not have occurred. Congratulations Les!

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  5. Widdershins says:

    Congratulations to the Littles! 😀

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