Three sisters from a primary and secondary school in Sunderland displayed their winning talent at two local swimming competitions recently in Tynemouth, North Tyneside.
Sisters Marley Bowe, a year 8 pupil at St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy, Macey Bowe and Molly Bowe, who are in year 5 and year 3 respectively at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, which are both part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust (BCCET), won a staggering 17 medals between them.
Marley scooped gold in the 400m individual medley and a bronze award for her 800m freestyle, 400m freestyle and 100m butterfly. Macey won silver in the 200m freestyle race and 50m backstroke. She took home five bronze awards too. Molly won two silvers in the 100m individual medley and 50m breaststroke, a bronze, two medals for 4th place and one final medal for 5th position for the 50m freestyle race. Marley also achieved North-East regional qualifying times and has secured a place in the North-East Regional Swimming Championships.
Brendan Tapping, Chief Executive of BCCET said: “Each of the girls have done fantastically well and it’s amazing to see them achieve what they have.
“Across all our schools, from nursery to sixth form, physical education and sports is a vital part of our curriculum that we continue to develop and enrich so that our pupils get many opportunities to participate in a diverse range of sports.
“From football, rugby and cricket to swimming, archery and cycling, encouraging participation in a sport is something we, as a Trust, actively champion.
“We instil a love for sport in all of our children and emphasise the importance of physical activity and the benefits being involved in sport has.
“It’s great to see passion for sport outside of school and the huge part it plays in young people’s lives. Huge congratulations to Marley, Macey and Molly, it’s been lovely to share their winning stories in school and showcase their medal haul.”
Marley and Macey competed in a gala organised by Tynemouth Swimming Club that took place over three days. Molly took part in the Newcastle Shrimp gala, a one-day event that also took place at Tynemouth swimming pool.
Marley and Macey also recently competed at the City of Sunderland Amateur Swimming Club, their home club, for the national swimming qualifiers, securing promising times for each race.