XLIS held the 2nd “Blue Dragon Cup” swimming competition on November 2nd, 2021. Our dedicated swimming coaches at XLIS are constantly working towards the enrichment of our students’ health and wellness by contributing to our campus’ positive atmosphere. They aim for our students to challenge themselves and experience freedom through swimming, while enjoying the excitement of competition. This event saw a total 157 primary students competing fiercely in our Olympic-sized swimming pool, to the exhilarating cheers of their peers. P4C, P5B and P6A were all crowned as first-place winners in their year levels.
In this swimming competition, our primary school students showcased different swimming styles and strokes. Our swimming coaches firmly believe that through participating in these types of standardized swimming events, students experience the charm of competition and the fun of sports, while also discovering the spirit of teamwork. In addition, the students in the audience were also an integral part of the event, which they supported enthusiastically through their clamor and cheers. This event showed us how much the love of sports has grown at XLIS!
The swimming curriculum at our school is comprised of one lesson for each year level, per week, each lasting for a period of 80 minutes. Every session adopts a personalized teaching method with two coaches in the water guiding children, while the other two remain stationed on the shore for safety and lead the other students through warm-up. During training, the class is divided into groups of 2-3 students, thus maximizing safety and student progress. Learning new styles of swimming is taught by coaches using a one-to-one approach. This encourages students to take initiative and grow more confident as they develop these new skills. A great deal of focus is also placed on the students enjoying themselves in a pleasant and brightly lit learning space. XLIS makes sure that the water in the pool is heated year-round, and its quality is maintained at the highest standards.
It is widely known that swimming has health benefits and improves blood circulation, oxygenation through breathing, and relaxes the body. These health perks are attributed to the buoyancy of water, and pressure it administers on the skin and body. Children in the water are also granted plenty of time to play by using floating devices and boards, under the careful supervision of their teachers.
Finally, swimming is a low-impact exercise that benefits the entire body. It does not only target muscle groups, but also stimulates the development of bones, joints, ligaments, and promotes growth in children. We hope that every semester, more and more students will join our swimming classes and ECAs. Through these engaging activities, students may overcome difficulties, and cultivate self-confidence and perseverance. Now let’s have a look at our splendid swimming highlights by clicking on the video below and the photographic slides of the award ceremony of the 2nd “Blue Dragon Cup” swimming competition at XLIS!
Champions for Freestyle：
Boys Group: P6A Tengxu Xu 48”020
Girls Group: P6C Jimin Kang (Lily) 48”858
Boys Group: P5C Marvin Wang 45”131
Girls Group: P5A Seoyeon Baek（Ivy）1’07”541
Boys Group: P4C Victor Li 1’18”880
Girls Group: P4C Leewon Kim (Gemma) 1’15’176
Boys Group: P3A Yiming Fan (Arthur) 17”728
Girls Group: P3A Ailin Sun (Alina) 20”53
Boys Group: Ziheng Lo (Kayden) 22”834
Girls Group: Sylvia Shi 27”311
Champions for Breaststroke:
Boys Group: P6B Sunwoo Kim (Sun) 1’00”688
Girls Group: P6A Gain Kim 1’12”882
Boys Group: P5B Zhiyuan Li （Derek）1’03”102
Girls Group: P5C Eunjae Jung （Erin）1’05”949
Boys Group: P4B Qianen Gou （Miki）1’05”629
Girls Group: P4C Sumin Kang （Lisa）1’21”955
Click here to check the splendid swimming highlights of Primary students.
Author: Vinson Gou (Director of Domestic and International Sports Event & PSPE Teacher)