PUPILS from a Flintshire primary school made waves by representing the region in a national swimming gala.

Daniel Robinson, Elin Ballinger, Jack Mullin and Carys Dent of St Johns The Baptist School in Penymynydd pitted themselves against the best of what Wales has to offer at the Urdd Eisteddfod Gala Finals.

They were placed 12th overall in Wales for the mixed relay for years three and four, having gained the chance to represent north east Wales following success at a regional gala in Holywell last year.

While they may not have won on the day, the children had already overachieved by reaching the finals with the relative small size of the school, and they knocked three seconds off their original qualifying time.

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Proud parent Lucy Mullin said: “The atmosphere was fantastic for the squad.

“Coming fourth in their heat was and is a huge achievement and the evening ended with celebratory medals and a mini trophy each, arranged by Daniel’s mum, Nicola Robinson, along with a team meal. It really was a day to celebrate.”

The team wants to make it back to Cardiff next year.

Gaye Griffith, class swimming teacher, said: “It was a wonderful day. The children lapped up every moment from warming up poolside, swimming in lanes and cheering others on, to competing in their race.”

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