UK School Games 2006

By Rhys Roberts - September 15 2006
UK School Games 2006 Dragons DSC swimmer Sam Bateman represented Wales at the inaugural UK School Games held in Glasgow from September 7th-10th. Dragons DSC Coach Peter Key was also the Head Coach for the Wales team.

UK School Games 2006, Tollcross Leisure Centre, Glasgow, 7-10th September.

Dragons DSC swimmer Sam Bateman represented Wales at the inaugural UK School Games held in Glasgow. The Head coach of the Welsh team, which also consisted of Swansea Stingray's swimmer Adam Bendle, was our very own Head Coach Peter Key.

The UK School Games is described as:

"The UK School Games is a multi-sport event for the most talented young people in the country of school age.

The Games will be comprised of five sports in the first year, athletics, swimming, gymnastics, table tennis and fencing plus disability events in athletics and swimming.

Each of the five sports will be combined into a four-day Games in an environment designed to replicate the feel of major events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games." UK School Games Official Website

Sam competed in two events, the 100m Freestyle and Backstroke. These races were held in the multi disability format whereby the result of the race is decided on which swimmers get closer to their respective disability class’ world Record. Sam’s results were as follows:

Men's MD 100m Freestyle
1 Thomas BROWN  England SW  1:04.87
2 Sam HYND  England M 1:05.03
3 Sean FRASER  Scotland SE  1:05.58
4 Thomas YOUNG  England N 1:14.53
5 Lawrence MCGIVERN  Ireland 1:17.55
6 William HOLLAND-LEAVEN  England SE  1:30.85
7 Sam BATEMAN  Wales 2:10.59
Men's MD 100m Backstroke
1 Jonathan FOX England SW 1:21.39
2 Sean FRASER  Scotland SE  1:15.51
3 Thomas YOUNG  England N 1:29.67
4 Ciaran O'HARA Ireland 1:26.39
5 Robert GILL England M 1:41.93
6 Jay LYNCH England SE 1:59.61
7 Sam BATEMAN  Wales 2:23.68

Speaking of Sam's performance, Peter Key said,

“He was excellent his behaviour was impeccable and he was a credit to himself his family and the Dragons as well as Welsh swimming. He could quite easily have been fazed at such a big meet and also with so many able bodied swimmers but he coped well.”

Sam Bateman competing in the 100m Freestyle at the UK School Games.

Swansea Stingrays swimmer Adam Bendle also represented Wales at the games picking up a 6th place in the 100m Breaststroke and a fifth in the 50m Freestyle.

Congratulations to both Sam and Adam and also to Peter for their achievements in Glasgow.

Next year’s UK School Games will be held in Coventry.