Our voices have just returned and our ears have just stopped ringing after the Forest Feast AquaSprint Finals earlier this month! The Forest Feast team spent the first Friday in June shouting their support from the poolside of eight locations across the province as the top three teams in each of the four divisions (A, B, C and D) battled it out to see who would bring the coveted Forest Feast AquaSprint trophy home, with the remaining teams competing to avoid relegation. The atmosphere at each location was palpable and the roar from the crowd was impressive!
Good nutrition and physical activity go hand in hand, and that was one of the reasons why Forest Feast decided to sponsor the AquaSprint League seven years ago. We’re passionate about providing healthier snacks options for families and are delighted to be working closely with a programme which supports and encourages children to lead a healthier and more active life while also realising their sporting potential. We want to congratulate every swimmer who competed in the League final. The day itself is the pinnacle of months, if not years, of hard work, dedication and commitment and it was lovely to be part of that celebration with the competitors, their families and their clubs!
The fixture results are as follows:
In Division A defending champions Ards fought a long hard battle to secure an advantage over longstanding rivals Bangor and Banbridge. Competing at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Lisburn, the Ards team were proud to bring home the Forest Feast AquaSprint title for the fifth year in a row with the final results being Ards 1st, Bangor 2nd and Banbridge 3rd.
In Cookstown, Division B finalists Limavady, Dungannon and Newry were going head to head in a tight competition gain promotion to Division A. After a very tight race, Limavady emerged victorious in the end with Dungannon placing 2nd, and Newry finishing 3rd.
Next up was the Division C Final which was held in the Aurora Leisure Centre in Bangor. This heat saw Portadown, City of Belfast, Ballymena and Lecale compete in a very close contest. The competition was neck and neck throughout but in the end Ballymena managed to secure a well-deserved first place ahead of its rivals. The final results from Divison C were Ballymena 1st, Portadwon, 2nd, City of Belfast third and Lecale 4th.
At Armagh Leisure Centre, the team from Leander defeated teams from Lurgan and Enniskillen to win the Division D title. The final podium featured Leander 1st place, Lurgan in 2nd, taking 3rd place was the team from Enniskillen.