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 Swimmers success in the Olympic Pool
Cranleigh School, Surrey, pupil Greg Slade, recently crowned the UK’s National Wheelchair Tennis Champion, has been selected to be part of a world-leading new programme. Designed by Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, the Tennis Foundation, the new development programme will help Greg and six others to progress towards future international success.
The launch of the new Wheelchair Tennis Junior Futures Potential (JFP) Programme will play a
key role in the development of talented, young wheelchair tennis
players in the UK. It aims to help gifted juniors progress to the  rst level of the Tennis Foundation’s World Class Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme – which boasts the likes of Wimbledon Doubles Champions Gordon Reid and Al e Hewett at its pinnacle.
The JFP programme comprises six two-day training camps, covering everything from coaching and performance to elite sport education.
The new initiative is considered to be at the cutting edge of junior wheelchair sport development programmes across the world.
Six children from The Gower School, London, competed in a national swimming competition at the Olympic Pool in east London
After winning gold medals in
the north London regional heats, The Gower School children
were selected to swim in the Independent Schools Association’s National Swimming Gala at the London Aquatics Centre.
Sports Captain Cy Sherliker, 11, won the bronze medal in the Year Six boys backstroke event, Vita Braden, 9, won the bronze medal in the Year Four girls freestyle event, and Head Girl Echo Braden, 11, won a silver medal in the Year Six girls 4x50m freestyle relay.
Miss Emma Gowers, Principal,
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said: “This year we had a record number of The Gower School children representing London North region in the competition. They all put in an immense effort in the competition and some of them made new personal bests on the day. We are very proud of them indeed.”
Consecutive Triumphs
 Annabel Tri’s for the top
Ballard School, Hampshire, is celebrating a trio of sporting successes as their U13 girls team have won consecutive hockey, football and, most recently, netball tournaments.
In a tournament involving six other schools: Walhampton, Stroud, Castle Court, Twyford, BCS, West Hill Park and the Ballard B team they won all of their group matches. Ballard then progressed to the semi- nals where they met BCS and won 5-2. This set up the  nal with champions Twyford, a school renowned for its netball.
In the  nal, Ballard got off to a strong start and were 5-2 up at half time. Twyford fought back hard and pushed Ballard back to 5-5. In the end it was a great piece of play by Ballard that led to a well-deserved 6-5 win.
Ballard’s Director of Sport, Justin Whitbread said: “This shows the dedication the girls have put into breakfast training, improving their  tness and skills in PE lessons and by working
in partnership with Lymington Netball club. We are delighted with the progress of Netball
at Ballard School and to win against such strong competition is a credit to the girls.”
Bishop’s Stortford College
Sixth Former Annabel Hunt is a triathlon star of the future. The seventeen-year-old from Bishop’s Stortford is setting her sights
on at least a top 10 placing in
the Fyn ITU Aquathlon World Championships (U20s GB Team) and top 5 the Fyn ITU Aqua Bike World Championships (U20s GB Team). She hopes to one day ful l her dream of becoming an elite triathlete.
Her recent achievements include 9th place Aquathlon European Championships 2017 (U20’s GB Team), age group win in AJ Bell London Triathlon Super sprint 2017, Highly Commended East
Hertfordshire Young Sports Performer of the year 2017 and Walden Jnr 1st place girl (Club Championships) 2014, 2015,
2016 and 2017. She has also recently quali ed for the 2018
Fyn ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships and the 2018 Etna ETU Winter Triathlon European Championships, however could not compete.
When asked how she manages her training schedule and A Level studies, Annabel commented, “One of the reasons I joined the College was for their Elite Sports Programme which supports my training schedule and my studies with a balanced timetable.”
Greg joins wheelchair tennis elites

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