Sports News - September 2018

Hockey

Over the Summer Olivia was selected to represent the U17 Wessex Leopards at the Futures Cup Tournament. Olivia secured her team their place in the final by scoring the only goal against Caledonian Cougars. The team went on to defeat Mercia Lynx in a shootout in the final, and therefore collected a gold medal. Well done to Olivia in her continued pursuit to play at the highest level and we have our fingers crossed for the next selection phase.

Maddie and Rachel were both selected to play hockey at the School Girls Games that took part at Loughborough University in the summer holidays. They were selected to play for England Blue, and played a number of representative teams from Scotland, Wales and Ulster. England Blue finished 4th overall, just missing out on a medal.

Huge congratulations to Maddie and Rachel on gaining selection to the England Blue team.

Athletics

Congratulations to both Sophie and Lizzie on being selected to represent Gloucestershire at the English School Track and Field National Championships, which took place on 13th and 14th July. It is one of the largest schools' athletics events in the world and has been dubbed 'The Mini Olympics'. Unfortunately, Sophie, who was selected to compete in the U17 Triple Jump, had to pull out due to injury. Lizzie worked hard to gain 7th place, an impressive performance as the standards were extremely high.

Equestrian

Well done to Amy, who was part of the third-placed 1.15m showjumping team at the Pony Club Championships at Hickstead, and part of the winning National Open Showjumping team at the Pony Club Championships in Cheshire.

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Lacrosse

Congratulations to twin sisters Amber and Siena, who were selected to play for the Kenya Lacrosse team over the Summer, representing the Under 19 Womens’ Team and playing at national level. The team successfully won both matches against Uganda.

The girls spent nearly a week training under challenging conditions, at high altitude on the equator at Lake Elementaita, along with 25 other girls preparing for the Kenya / Uganda matches.

With Kenya now being accepted into the Federation of International Lacrosse and playing at the World Championships in Canada in Summer 2019, the twins have been invited to participate in training and potentially represent Kenya as their home country at the World Championships.

The girls will now prepare for the World Championships as a very unique and inspiring opportunity to represent both Kenya and CLC. Both Amber and Siena will return to Uganda in October to represent Kenya once again.

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Lacrosse - Regional Training Centre

CLC was asked to host the Regional England Lacrosse Training Academy. The pathway enables the girls to receive top quality coaching and be talent spotted for national training camps. All the girls who took part worked hard and are looking forward to the next training session.

Girls pictured below: (L to R) Mia, Robyn, Isabella, Phoebe, Sienna and Eilidh (Not in picture: Scarlett)

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World Silver Success for Miss Nimmo

Our Assistant Director of Sport and Head of Swimming, Miss Nimmo, took the leap into multi-sport racing last year and has not looked back. She recently represented GB as an age group athlete at the World Multi-Sport Championships competing in the Aquathlon event, which included a 1km swim around the harbour in Middelfart, Denmark, followed by a 5km road run.

While the tropical weather of the summer may have taken the edge off the chilly Baltic, it had also attracted swarms of jelly fish! After being stung badly across the face during the recce the day before, it took some resolve to re-enter the water for the race. Yet as soon as the start horn sounded, Miss Nimmo found herself chasing a number of strong swimmers along the outer wall of the harbour and, on the turn in towards the exit, made excellent inroads overtaking swimmers from both her wave and from the early waves to exit the water as the 2nd fastest age group woman.

With a slick changeover to the run phase, she passed athletes from previous heats on the initial 2.5km loop. Running back towards the event area, before heading out on the long out and back stretch, Miss Nimmo found herself being passed by the eventual winner.

She kept going, tracking her, but couldn't respond in the final section. However, she continued working through the field of earlier competitors to finish in an impressive time of 34 minutes 18 seconds. Delighted by her time, after months of hard training, she was ecstatic to find that she had achieved 2nd in her age group and, even more significantly, 2nd non-elite lady overall.

The season for Miss Nimmo didn’t stop there, she headed off to the European Biathle Championships in Germany at the end of July. Here she also secured a podium finish, with 3rd place, and a team Gold Medal. Congratulations to Miss Nimmo on her inspirational achievements!

Alpe d’Hues Long Course Triathlon - Ms Flewitt

At the beginning of August I raced the Alpe d’Huez long course triathlon; a 2.2k swim in the picturesque Lac du Vernay followed by a 118k cycle ride taking in four iconic cols and finishing with a 20k run.

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Three years ago, my late father wished me good luck in the same event but sadly passed away a few days before the race, so I packed my bags and returned home. Three years later, and after a second attempt two years ago when I failed to finish, I was well prepared and ready to keep my promise of racing this iconic event.

A mass start with around 1,000 competitors made the swim interesting, especially at the turn buoys. However, the water, which is fed with melting snow from the surrounding mountains, was unusually warm at 18°C due to the very warm weather in the previous few weeks.

I was pleased to exit the swim feeling ready to tackle the very challenging bike course. After a relatively easy 20k downhill, I started the first climb. Despite its sombre name, the climb up to Col de la Morte is beautiful, shaded and not too steep. I found a nice rhythm and, after around 80 minutes riding uphill, I had reached the top where the landscape opens out and it is stunning.

After ‘refuelling’, I felt very positive but the heat was starting to become intense. The next climb up Col de Mallisol is short and sharp, but the treat from the top is a lovely winding descent. Perfect for a bit of recovery before the Col de Ornon, a 14k climb, which is exposed and meant the heat started to become a challenge. I later learned that it was over 35°C. Luckily, the ‘feed stations’ were frequent, so dousing with water became a necessity. After another nice descent, I arrived at the base of the monster challenge - the 21 switchbacks up to Alpe d’Huez. I had the support of my son, William, who on several occasions enjoyed throwing water over me as I slowly rode up the ‘Alpe’, wondering if I would ever reach to summit. After more than six hours of cycling, I racked my bicycle ready to start the run around the ski village, which included many hills with lots of off-road sections, and an altitude of over 1,800m. However, the support from the crowds, and William, was amazing. It was the toughest race I’ve ever done but, just over 10 hours after starting, I finally reached the finish gantry; exhilarated, exhausted and rather emotional, but having kept that promise I made three years earlier.

Ms Flewitt, Head of Food and Nutrition