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Sports Presentation Evening

Our annual Sports Presentation Evening took place on 10 May. It is a chance to get together and celebrate the sports successes throughout the last year. Students from Year 9–Upper Sixth are invited along with parents to come and celebrate awards and certificates for a range of sports. The evening included welcome drinks and a sit down meal.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Ashleigh Gloster, the England lacrosse player who won Bronze at the World Cup in Guildford last summer. Ashleigh spoke about the importance of resilience and hard work which allowed her to achieve her dreams and how her father had such an impact on her sporting successes.

The awards were presented across a range of sports including lacrosse, netball, gymnastics, trampolining, cross-country, dance, swimming, tennis, athletics and rowing. Captains from each sport spoke about the highlights from the year, following a speech from our new sports prefect, Ellen (L6D). Awards of excellence were given for each sport as well as certificates to commend those students who have committed to a high level throughout the year. Awards of recognition were given to those who represent the UK: Georgie (U6F) rowing, Georgina (10K) GB equestrian, Anouk (10K) GB equestrian and Messina (10L) GB fencing. The evening ended with four major awards being presented:

Emily (U6G) – Sports Captains Cup and Hunt Trophy for the most outstanding athlete across a range of sports in Sixth Form

Iona (L6H) – Outstanding endeavour and commitment to the PE department

Zoe (11J) – Most outstanding athlete across a range of sports in Middle School

A raffle run throughout the evening raised over £200 for the school charity, Mercy Ships as well as a concluding slide show highlighting a number of sports across a range of year groups. The major highlight of the sporting calendar was being ranked the sixth best girls independent school at sport in the country as well as qualifying for the national final in the athletics track and field cup, and coming in ninth place in the country overall. A tremendous achievement!

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