Sport News - March 2018
On Saturday 17th February, four rowers represented CLC in a coxless quadruple scull at Worcester Big Head. The crew of Evie, Kathryn, Alex and Emily raced brilliantly over the long 6km course and beat crews from King's School Worcester, and Gloucester, Stratford and Bristol rowing clubs to win their event. They also set the fastest time of the day for a women's quad, ahead of all the junior 18 and adult crews.
This continues CLC's unbroken record of one or more wins at every rowing event this academic year!
Well done to Elspeth who received a bronze medal in the girls' Under 16 category at the Gloucestershire Amateur Fencing Union Junior Foil Championship.
Christy and Poppy also competed in Belgium this weekend at the International Youth Fencing Cup. Christy finished winner of her pool with a 100% win record and went on to claim bronze medal, losing narrowly to the eventual champion in the semi-finals.
Poppy also performed well making it through to the last eight, eventually losing to the Dutch number 1 in a hard fought match.
On Sunday 11th February, CLC fielded four teams at Wickstead NSEA Showjumping.
The 90cm Team of Lily, Alice, Amy and Coco came 5th, with an individual 5th for Amy.
The 1m Team of Amy, Alice, Jaymee and Isla came Team 1st with a qualification for the Schools Championship at Hickstead in August. In the 110cm, Jaymee was Individual 3rd.
On Saturday 24th February, CLC took two teams and several individuals to the West Wilts NSEA Showjumping.
There were good performances from Eydie and Loelia on new ponies. The 1m Team of Lily, Alina, Islay and Alice came 2nd and qualified for the Championships at Bury Farm in April.
I spent 11 days over half term in Sri Lanka on tour with Gloucestershire County Cricket and had the most amazing experiences.
We played three matches within hours of Colombo. One cricket ground and some homes were built by donations from Surrey CC following the Tsunami. The coastline devastation is still disturbingly evident since the Tsunami on 26th December 2004, which killed 60,000 people and damaged or washed away 10,000 homes. To this day, only 3,500 homes have been rebuilt. Many people live in very simple metal & wooden shacks behind their shops, in shocking conditions. Yet the people remain friendly and hospitable, and children are always smiling and waving at tourists.
Cricket is everywhere! Children learn and play on concrete, dirt tracks or matting.
We spent a day in Galle in the South and walked the Dutch fortress walls built in the 1680s. We visited a tea factory inland near Kandy, where the women produce beautiful tea but work in extremely cramped and hot conditions. The air was so hot it was difficult to breathe.
We spent a day in Pinnawala at the Elephant orphanage. The facility opened when ivory poaching was rife and baby elephants were left motherless, but I was glad to hear this no longer takes place in Sri Lanka. I had the opportunity to feed a two-year-old female elephant, who drank the milk very quickly!
We played cricket at an International ground (Pallekelle), where England will play this winter.
We lost three matches and won two, but I will also take away amazing memories of the culture; mad driving in Tuk Tuks, wearing my Sari, the Buddhist temples (and Stupas everywhere), and spending time with teammates from many different clubs.