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 Netball finalists
Skiers from New Hall School, Essex, have returned triumphant from Pila, Italy, with a record haul of 10 medals from the Artemis Inter-School Ski Challenge 2018. As a new entrant to the race five years ago (when the school came last), New Hall School received a special commendation from judges for winning 3rd place out of 90 British schools. To rapturous applause, judges said that this rate of advancement of a school ski team was “truly exceptional”.
Training on a 180m-long dry ski slope in Brentwood, New Hall ski team competed against schools from throughout the UK, including some that are internationally-based, with Alpine locations. Channelling their inner Chemmy Alcott and Graham Bell, 36 New Hall students,
aged 7-17, took part in demanding Slalom and Giant Slalom events across the two race days.
New Hall now has the largest
school ski team among the British schools competing. The sport has received significant investment in recent years and Principal, Mrs K Jeffrey, accompanied the team to cheer them on to this most recent success. Mrs Jeffrey said: “We are incredibly proud of the resilience and collaboration shown by our dedicated ski team. All 36 of our skiers gave of their best. To be awarded 3rd place out of 90 schools and to win 10 medals – the most ever – was a brilliant result. It was a great reward for all their hard work and it was a joy to celebrate with the team.”
Bromsgrove School 1st netball team reached the National Netball Finals, winning all of their fourteen county and regional qualifying matches to represent the West Midlands.
At the National Finals, despite adverse weather conditions of snow, sleet and high winds, the team adapted their game to the conditions, playing smart netball. They won every match in their group which took them through to
the Semi-Finals where they faced a very strong Worthing College who Bromsgrove overcame to win 11-8. They then went on to face Queen Ethelburga’s in the Final where they fought hard, taking an early lead but Queen Ethelburga came back to take the victory.
The Bromsgrove team won twenty- two games in a row in the English Schools’ Competition, with one loss to be crowned the 2nd best team in the country.
Following hot on the tails of recently being announced as the Top Primary School Team at the Scarborough Sports Awards, the Scarborough College U11 girls’ hockey team have now ended their season on a high as North England Champions.
Following a hugely successful campaign in the earlier knock-out rounds of the England Hockey In2Hockey Championships they secured the winners’ title at Sports Park Weetwood (Leeds University).
After beating Kirkham, King’s
Chester and Wakefield GHS in the
knock out round, they then went on to face local rivals Pocklington in the semi final. With a draw at full time, the teams had to battle it out on penalty flicks. The College girls battled their nerves to secure another win and take them to the final against AKS Lythem School. They went a goal down initially, but soon pulled two back to put them ahead, only to face a short corner against them at the dying seconds of the game. They fought to the end and defended like champions to claim the overall title with a resounding 2-1 win as the final whistle blew.
A Leighton Park School, Berkshire, student, who is the current U16 1000m kayak UK champion and on the GB Olympic pathway, has been awarded a prestigious Squadkit Scholarship for her achievements in kayaking.
Olympic gold medallist and GB Hockey team member, Kate Richardson-Walsh, came to Leighton Park to present Kate with her award. She took the time to deliver a seminar to students in Leighton Park’s Advanced Performer Programme and ran a hockey masterclass with some of the school’s top hockey players.
Kate applied for the Squadkit Scholarship along with several other elite athletes on Leighton Park’s Advanced Performer Programme. Kate is one of only five students
in the country to be granted one. Squadkit is committed to supporting the next generation in sports, and the sponsorship goes a long way to
helping Kate achieve her goals and get ever closer towards her Olympic aspirations. Providing tangible support that also motivates and engages students and their peers.
Leighton Park’s Director of Sport, Jeremy Belas said: “This is a big positive for the school, sport and the Advanced Performer Programme and all the students involved in
the sessions with Kate Richardson- Walsh have had a truly inspirational experience.”
Pictured: On the left Mr Chris Barker, Head of Scarborough College Prep School on the right Mr Brett Cunningham Head of Hockey at Scarborough College.
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