British International School, Phuket (BISP) hosted the FOBISIA Swimming Invitational meet from 29-31 January 2016.
The second edition of this annual three day event saw more than 500 student swimmers – aged from 8 to 17 years-old – compete for honours in BISP’s Olympic-size 50m pool.
The swimmers came from 17 schools in 5 different countries, including British International School Shanghai, Dulwich College Seoul, Bangkok Patana, British School Manilla, Uplands in Penang, British International School Kuala Lumpur, Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, and Regents International School Pattaya.
Reflecting on the event, BISP Headmaster Neil Richards said, “The competition was a fantastic advert for the quality of swim programmes in international schools throughout the region, and to see so many swimmers from BISP competing so well and with such sportsmanship was a particular pleasure.”
Tournament Director Jeff LaMantia added that, “I’m proud of our swimmers, coaches, volunteers, parents and everyone from our BISP community that made this such a great event. Our BISP swimmers did very well in the pool, setting many personal bests and as a team improving on last year’s achievements in Bangkok.
“With more than 100 competitors alone, out of a total of 530 swimmers taking part – the success of BISP just goes to show the strength in depth of our swim programme.”
Richard Thorp, Head Coach of the visiting Tiger Sharks from Bangkok Patana school, said “This is the second year of the competition, and it’s been very, very well run by BISP. The weather’s been awesome, the competition’s been fantastic, with a great pool and great facilities. Good luck to [the BISP swimmers] competing at the Olympics in Rio.”