14 Mar 2019
Sporting Highlights week ending 15 March

For the second time in just over a week we found ourselves at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, this time competing in the Independent Schools Bath Cup at the London Aquatics Centre. For Penelope and Lila this was their first visit and the ‘wow’ factor at competing in such a prestigious venue was not lost on them. Our swim team of Harriet, Annabelle, Lila and Penelope are all very familiar with competitive swimming so were not fazed by the 50 metre pool or the very large numbers per lane in the warm up. The 200 metre freestyle relay was our first event, we were led out admirably by Lila, competing here for the first time, with a fabulous long course personal best (pb) going sub 30 seconds for the first time. She was supported well by Annie and Penelope, with Harriet bringing us home on the 4th leg. We didn’t make the final but were pleased with our swim, matching our time earlier in the year and coming 28/68. Our second event was our stronger, the 200m medley relay. All four swimmers did a fantastic job with Lila and Penelope both matching their pb times in breaststroke and butterfly respectively. The final result put us in the top twenty schools and was a fine display of competitive swimming.

Last weekend we played away on mass at St Mary’s Calne in a joint netball and lacrosse fixture involving 17 teams. Neither the weather nor the parity of the opposition fell in our favour, however, the girls did not lose heart. They demonstrated an impressive degree of determination and good spirit despite the disappointing results. In contrast, our mid-week netball fixture against St Mary’s Shaftesbury and Knighton House saw a complete reverse of fortunes with a clean sweep of wins for all 8 teams. Both fixtures provided valuable learning opportunities for the players, as well as the coaches, and helped to strengthen those supporting bonds of friendship that develop through being part of a team sharing the same experiences.

As many of us head off for a well-earned break we wish the best of luck to our girls who are giving up their exeat to take part in various challenging activities including; canoe training for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold award, racing at the National Cross-Country finals and playing in the Lacrosse Super-Counties.

Players of the Week:

  • Birdie for representing Dorset County for the first time at the English Schools’ Cross Country
  • Mat who was a game changer in the lacrosse match against St. Mary’s, Calne.

Team of the Week:

  • U14B Netball for an awesome winning performance against St. Mary’s, Calne