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Byline: By Helen Rae

Excitement is building as youngsters head for the final of our It's a Knockout competition.

Pupils, aged 10 and 11, from six schools across Newcastle had a splashing time as they thrashed around the inflatable assault courses at Gosforth pool.

The children had to race through the city, where they jumped over an inflatable Tyne Bridge and city walls, as well as jumping in rubber dinghies.

Victory in the first semi-final went to St Charles school, with West Jesmond and Broadwood coming joint second. All three schools have now secured a place in the final on July 7 at the City Pool.

Narrowly missing out on the top prize of a trip to Lightwater Valley were St Oswald's, Our Lady and St Anne's and Canning Street school.

Audrey Dickenson, deputy head at St Charles, said: "We never thought we would get through to the next stage but due to the fantastic team spirit of all the children we are through, along with two other very strong teams.

In the second semi, Ravenswood came first followed by Hotspur, Walkergate, St Cuthbert's, Knop Law and last, but not least, was Mountfield school.

It's a Knockout co-ordinator Dave Scotland said: "Without question this year has been one of the best supported in all the time I've been running the event."

Eleven-year-old swimmer, Peter Ward, will be unable to attend the final as he will be representing England at swimming in the Commonwealth Games in Barcelona.

Next week the teams will battle it out to become the It's a Knockout champion and scoop the prestigious trophy.

The competition has been running for almost twenty years and hundreds of children have taken part.

It's a Knockout coordinator Dave Scotland said: "It has been a great competition this year and I'm looking forward to the finals.

"The standard of swimming has been good and everyone has worked well as a team."

Earlier in the week children, aged eight and nine, from West Jesmond, St Charles and St Oswald's schools got through to the final.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 2, 2005
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