Sports News - June 2017

Parents and Daughters Tennis

As always, the Parents and Daughters Tennis tournament was a great afternoon, full of competitive matches, laughter and family fun. It was a good opportunity for the girls to showcase their improved skills and it was brilliant to see all years represented up to SFC1. It was a great atmosphere for the much anticipated annual event, with Guild members reunited and new friendships formed. With strong pool matches in both the mothers' and fathers' draw, mathematical equations were needed to organise places and it was definitely close to call at times.

In the Mothers and Daughters draw the Semi-Finals were as follows:
Emma Stewart-Richardson 2 v Alex Hewitt 4
Sophie Wand 3 v India DeWaal 4

Both were tense matches at times, with many games going to deuce, but it was the Hewitts and DeWaals who took to the court to compete for the 2017 title. After a close start with the Hewitts getting everything back, the DeWaals pressed ahead. A great partnership between India and Mrs DeWaal saw them hitting numerous winners from all areas of the court.

The result of the Final was as follows:
Alex Hewitt 2 v India DeWaal 6

With more entries in the Fathers and Daughters draw, placings were decided after pool matches on quarters, semis and then a final. There were some hard fought rallies, with the girls really stepping up to the mark and showing their competitive spirit. It was great to see our LC1 girls Saphie Goal and Elle Rose Entwistle's smiling faces as they played brilliantly and were thoroughly enjoying the event!

The Semi-Final results were as follows:
Maia Harrison 4 v Beatrix Watson-Smyth 1
Alex Beukers 4 v Ella Rose Entwistle 1

The final was close, with the Harrisons edging ahead with a 4-3 lead over the Beukers. There was some brilliant tennis played, with both Maia and Alex hitting some outstanding winning shots down the line. However the Harrisons stepped up a gear and were able to retain their title.

The result of the Final was as follows:
Alex Beukers 3 v Maia Harrison 6

Parent and Daughter Tennis 2017 Winners

Thank you to everyone who took part in the event. It was great to see many new parents involved, along with our regular participants, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next year.

Tennis

Recently, CLC hosted the County School Girl Doubles competition. With 16 pairs across three age groups, comprising of some of the best players in the county, CLC did extremely well. Riya Kantaria and Zimeng Wu were runners up in the U18s.

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Lizzie Udale and Macy Au were also runners up in the U16 competition. Scarlett Paton and Gabriella Kam came 3rd in the U14 age group.

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Athletics

It was excellent to see both the Junior and Intermediate teams get through to the South West Regional ESAA Track and Field Cup.

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This in itself it a tremendous achievement and it was then outstanding to see the Junior team come 6th with 294 points and the Intermediate team finish runners up with 331 points.

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The LC3 girls missed out on 1st place by just four points at the Year 9 Girls Cheltenham and District Athletics on Wednesday. There were lots of excellent individual performances with Molly Hughes winning the hurdles, Binia Leung winning the 800m final and Davina Tuma coming 2nd in the shot put and discus. Well done to all girls who competed.

At the Gloucestershire County Championships on Saturday, there were some outstanding performances achieved throughout the course of the day in both track and field events. In the U15 age group, both Celeste Aylott and Hailey Stevens did well in the hurdle race, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Adesola Adejobi won the shot put field event and gained a personal best and Divina Tuma was runner up in the javelin. In the U17 age group, Jess Adejobi came 1st in the 100m, Sophie Brown and Morgan Henry were joint 3rd in hurdles, with Sophie also competing well in the triple jump. Lizzie Udale won shot put. In the U19 age group, Emilie Nixon came 2nd in the 100m and Mollie D’Arcy Rice won the high jump event. Congratulations to all the girls on their achievements.

A huge congratulations to Sophie Brown and Mollie D'Arcy Rice who have been selected for the Gloucestershire Schools Combined Events Team for 2017. There were a number of very close performances in some age groups, which made selection very difficult, so this is a particularly high achievement.

Head of Swimming splashes out into Triathlon

As an experienced competitive swimmer I decided to push myself out of my normal watery comfort zone and enter my first Triathlon. Having seen last year’s Bloodwise Triathlon at Blenheim Palace I was inspired by the venue and the ethos of the occasion, which embraced all levels of competitor.

With the entry submitted, the reality of preparing for this multi-disciplined challenge followed. First came the purchase of the road bike and what has begun a learning journey in the art of cycling. My training programme was formed from a little research and advice from friends and fellow triathletes.

From previously being solely a swimmer, confined to the pool, the enjoyment of being outside really started to appeal. The balance between the three disciplines started to emerge, then came the 'joy' of what triathletes call brick sessions (where one discipline goes straight into the next) and pounding the streets of Cheltenham, post swim or cycle, with the jelly-legged look. These proved important learning experiences though and were vital fitness conditioning sessions.

Race day came and the enormity of it struck me. I was wave 19 of 20 on day one of two, with nearly 7,000 entries to the various triathlon events from the Super Sprin and Team Triathlons to the Sprint distance disciplines. I was one of 4,735 entries in the Sprint event, which comprised of a 750m swim across the Great Lake followed by a 400m uphill run to transition. The transition zone is one of the most speculator locations with the bike racks laid out in the courtyard of the Churchill ancestral home. From there, it was a quick wiggle out of the wetsuit and on to the undulating 19.8k bike leg, around the UNESCO World Heritage site, followed by the 5.4k run around the Queen’s Pool.

It was a truly amazing experience and one shared with thousands of others, each with their own motives for completing it. It wasn’t easy but being a competitive individual I took on the challenge. What ensued was, for me, a solid swim, a cracking bike leg and determined run, taking seven minutes off my estimated entry time of 1 hour 30 minutes. I was delighted by my efforts and learnt more about the sport and myself. This could be the start of something new

Time: 1 hour 23 minutes 37 seconds. 1st in Age Group, 16th Women and 317th overall.

Miss Nimmo, Head of Swimming