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GO-KARTING:
Forty daredevil pupils provided some wonderful entertainment for a 500-strong crowd of friends and family as the annual Go-Kart Race returned to Cundall Manor School.
This year saw two brothers, Callum and Ben Throup claim spots on the podium following a morning of fun and heart-stoppingly mad- cap racing.
The Yorkshire school has held the event for over a decade and this year saw a range of innovative entries from its pupils including a modi ed bath-tub, a wheelie bin, a canoe and many more fantastically unique designs.
The winning entry came in the form of a three-wheel adaptation from Toby Wilkinson who tackled the hill route posting a blistering time of 8.72 secs in his vehicle, averaging 9.1 metres per second. The time knocked 2.57 seconds off last year’s winning entry, ‘The BFF Barrel.’
The winner faced tough competition from the Throup brothers, Ben and Callum, who posted superb times of 8.99 secs and 9.14 secs respectively.
Joint Head, John Sample, had the honour of declaring the winners. He said: “The event is a great way to bring the Cundall community together and have some fun.”
“The fact that, each year, we always have so many entries is testament to how much the parents and children love the event.”
Hundreds of parents, friends and family, cheered on the competitors as they descended the hill with
a varying degree of success. For the  rst time in the race’s history, electronic timing gates were used to increase the accuracy of the times thanks to the help of the school’s science department.
TENNIS:
Budding tennis players gained tips from the top as former British No 1 Tim Henman played guest of honour at the opening of a new world-class tennis dome at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire.
The new 1,375 sq meter air dome facility titled ‘the Glassbrook Dome’ was of cially opened
by the four-time Wimbledon semi- nalist. The tennis legend was on-hand to share his expert tips and meet with pupils via an interactive coaching session on court. This was followed by a traditional Stonyhurst blessing and afternoon tea celebration
for guests. Tennis balls were autographed by Tim Henman as a memento of the opening.
The dome, which took nine months to build, is energy ef cient and features a double skin construction using in ated heated air to secure 365-day use. It offers high-performing
CRICKET:
Denstone College, Staffordshire, welcomed back Old Denstonian, Jeremy Snape and his family to open the new cricket facilities which include a state of the art
all weather facility and new nets. A member of the College from 1987 until 1991, Jeremy played
10 One Day Internationals for England as well as 121 First Class matches for Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire. He is now a world renowned sports psychologist currently working with Eddie Jones’ England Rugby Team having spent time in the past with the Premier League Managers Association and South Africa Cricket. He also led a seminar
for members of the College’s Dedicated Athlete Scheme, talking
acoustics and glare-free playing conditions.
In the last 12 months Stonyhurst has appointed two professional tennis coaches who work and live in the school’s community; JJ Garcia Gomez and Lauren Banks. It also has 10 existing outdoor tennis courts.
The investment in the sport is part of Stonyhurst’s vision to take its renowned Tennis Programme to a new level and achieve LTA Clubmark Plus Accreditation.
Headmaster at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall, Ian Murphy, said: “Participation in sport can help enhance academic performance and foster collaboration, self- con dence and leadership skills.
“The Glassbrook Dome represents a huge and signi cant leap
in terms of what we can offer here at Stonyhurst, not just for our pupils but for the wider community.”
GYMNASTICS:
The Acrobatic Gymnastics Under-11s Group from Kent College was crowned British Champions 2017 last month (May) having demonstrated outstanding performances in their Acrobatic Group.
This year’s BSGA National Acro & Tumbling competition was held in Stoke- on-Trent and enabled the team to challenge the best gymnasts from across the country; competition is tough and the standards across all categories have increased over the years and the results are always close.
to pupils about motivation and sports psychology.
The College has made a signi cant six  gure investment in cricket over the winter and is now bearing fruit with some excellent results.
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