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 Starring role in Florida
Girls from Caterham School in Surrey were guests of honour, on court, at one of the US’ biggest and final NBA (National Basketball Association) games of the regular season last month (April) in Orlando, Florida.
Girls from the school’s netball team, who are visiting the US state for training and competition with organisers Sporta Tours, were invited on court to stand with the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards players during the singing of the national anthem to a crowd of 18,000+ before the game commenced.
According to Rachel Hart, Caterham School tour leader: “It’s been an inspiring experience for the girls. The opportunity to meet with world-class basketball players within such an electric atmosphere is something they’ll never forgot.”
Charlotte Tracy 4th year team captain added “It was nerve-wracking stepping out in front of such a huge crowd at first but they made us feel very welcome and special – it was amazing. To then watch the game and learn more about the sport which is so huge in the US was great.”
“With this being the Orlando Magic’s Fan Appreciation Night, this is a perfect way to thank all those who support us and especially our overseas fans from England,” said Magic Sr. Vice President Chris D’Orso. “The Magic appreciate all of its fans and take great pride in delivering legendary moments. Our goal is to make sure everyone who visits the award-winning Amway Center to cheer on the Magic has a memorable experience.”
Pictured: The girls from Caterham School in Surrey are pictured on court at the prestigious Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, home to NBA team Orlando Magic. The girls were invited to stand with the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards players for the singing of the national anthem prior to the game. Photo credit: Gary Bassing/Orlando Magic
Zien Zhou, currently in Year 11 at Warwick School, has brought home a winning trophy from the London Marathon. He competed in the wheelchair category at the Mini London Marathon which is an international race lasting 3 miles (boys aged 15-17).
Zien, who lives in Kenilworth, has cerebral palsy but has not let this get in the way of his competitive streak.
He won the Mini London Marathon event in 2016 for
U14 boys and had the trophy presented to him by Prince Harry. Before Zien decided to start wheelchair racing he pursued many activities as a therapy including horse riding, swimming and wheelchair basketball. With two years of committed training and determination, Zien has grown into an athlete competing at home and abroad. In May 2017 he won a bronze medal in Switzerland at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix, in the 1500 meter race (category T34).
Last year, Zien also received
a local award ‘The Worthies Young Person Award in memory of Milan Patel’, organised by Kenilworth Chamber of Trade.
It is an award presented to someone who has overcome adversity or a major obstacle in their life. Despite his mobility difficulties, Zien has shown great talent, not only academically at school, but also through sports and amazingly, successfully passing his Duke of Edinburgh silver expedition last year.
Zien speeds to success
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