Congratulations to the Trinity Junior swimming team who recently competed in the finals of the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) 64th Secondary Schools’ Team Relay Championships at the London Aquatics Centre. 

Two thousand and ninety-nine teams from over three hundred schools had already participated in the qualifying round in twenty separate galas across the country.   

The team, consisting of Second Year students Thomas Love, Charlie Goodbody, Dylan Odeleye and Jago Daley-Allison, had qualified in the divisional round, placing second in the Junior Boys Freestyle and third in the Junior Boys Medley overall with their impressive times. The Junior Boys events are open to swimmers aged 11-12 at the beginning of the academic year. 

During the National Finals at the London Aquatics Centre last month, the team were delighted to qualify for the final in both Junior Boys Freestyle and Medley events. After an exciting final race in each event, the team finished 6th overall in the Medley relay and 3rd overall in the Freestyle relay, taking away a bronze medal each. It was a great achievement for the team to not only qualify for the finals but to also come away with a medal! 

Congratulations to all four students on a fantastic achievement. 


The Secondary Schools Team Relay Championships is the longest running championship series organised by the ESSA. It is open to secondary school aged swimmers from across England, including state, public and home-schooled students. 

Teams compete in 4x50m Freestyle and Medley relays. These are always run short-course (in a 25m pool) during the qualifying round. National Finals are usually run long-course (in a 50m pool). The Championships is run as a national final with competing schools determined by the fastest times achieved in a qualifying round organised by the ESSA divisions. Some divisions hold multiple qualifying galas in different locations to ensure a wide participation. 

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