Sports News - May 2018

GB SKELETON PROGRAMME

On Thursday 3rd May, Sport Scholars and Gifted and Talented LC1 girls visited Bath University to learn about the GB Skeleton Programme.

They began the day with some netball training and ball skills before enjoying a talk from Amelia Coltman, a member of the GB Skeleton Talent team, about the programme. She explained that there were a couple of tests to pass at various levels, in order to see if you should do track cycling, flat water canoeing or skeleton. 

Amelia was chosen for skeleton and has been following the GB Programme ever since. Her goal is to enter the Winter Olympics by 2022, but failing that, she will persevere and enter the Winter Olympics four years later, in 2026.

Amelia showed the girls a view of skeleton from a GoPro on her helmet, and the girls completely immersed themselves by lying in a sledge position. Everyone agreed it was very daunting but thrilling, especially the corners!

Afterwards, the girls had lunch on the balcony overlooking the athletics track, before heading to the indoor 100m sprint track. They learnt a range of exercises and stretches but focussed mainly on the 'Three Step Stop'.

To conclude the day, the girls went to the only skeleton track in the UK. While it was only 100m, so not a full-scale track, it was still a great experience. Due to there not being any corners on the track, the girls didn't have to steer, but instead concentrated on the sprint at the start with the explosion onto the sled, which is the most important aspect of skeleton. The GB Skeleton athletes train at this track and the girls were very happy to get a selfie with Laura Deas, Olympic Bronze Medallist (PyeongChang 2018).

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INDEPENDENT GIRLS BOARDING SCHOOL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP

College was proud to be represented by three teams at these highly competitive relays. The LC2 girls achieved a gold in the freestyle races, which was a fantastic achievement.

Our two U15 teams finished with silver, bronze, and two fourth places.

Well done girls for their superb results!

ROAD TO WIMBLEDON

A fantastic morning of tennis saw 28 U14 girls battle it out to take the Road to Wimbledon 2018 crown.

A Fast4 format was played, meaning it was the first to four games, with a tie-break at 3-3. There were close matches all round, especially in the semi-finals between Sephy and Amelia, and Jiya and Sophia.

The final saw Amelia against Sophia. Amelia took the lead 3-1 but Sophia persevered and claimed the title 4-3 in the tie-break.

Well done to all of the girls who took part, and in particular Sophia who now takes a place in the County Road to Wimbledon Finals.

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GB BIATHLE SERIES RACE 2

Girls recently rose to the challenge of undertaking a Biathle for the first time, in the run-swim-run race format.

Competing at Cheltenham's Sandford Parks Lido, Maya was the first to race and showed clear determination, finishing 19th. Following in the Youth B Category, Holly finished 15th, then Emily, Alisha, Kate and Issy filled the places from 18th to 21st respectively. This was a fantastic result for the 1.2k run – 200m swim – 1.2k run event.

In the Youth C race, Mia and Jessie unfortunately finished just outside the consideration placings for the European Championships, but put in a superb effort with their 800m run - 100m swim - 800m run. In the same race, Anastasia, Athena, Jiya and Karintha filled the places from 23rd to 26th respectively.

Well done to all the girls for their resilience and spirited efforts.

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CRICKET vs Charlton King's Cricket Club

With perfect weather all round, College's U13 team faced Charlton King's Cricket Club with each pair having four overs.

Charlton King's stepped in to bat first and made a great start. Even when College bowlers made it harder for the batters to find the boundaries, Charlton King's ended with a high score of 112.

College girls knew they had to bat smartly, with Jemima and Martha scoring College's highest runs as a pair and second highest of the day with 29 runs. College finished on a total of 47 runs.

This was a great test for the College team, with the opposition consisting of many county players.

Congratulations to the girls for their dedication.

Charlton King's Cricket Club: 112 runs (6 wickets lost)
College: 47 runs (12 wickets lost)

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