A summer of fierce competition has been enjoyed by many St Helen's students, testing their mettle in athletics, tennis, rugby and rowing, as well as winning caps for England and representing the county.
Oxfordshire County Closed Tennis Tournament
Alice (10K) and her partner Holly (Cokethorpe) won the Girls U14 Doubles trophy at the Oxfordshire County Closed Tennis Tournament held at North Oxford LTC. They did brilliantly, retaining their title in the face of some tough competition.
Georgie (2018 leaver) was selected from Henley Rowing Club's ranks to represent Great Britain in the World Rowing Junior Championships. She is part of the crew for the Women's quadruple scull: www.henleyherald.com/2018/07/27/henley-rowing-club-girls-selected-to-represent-england-gb/
Congratulations also to Anna (11K) and Zoe (L6D) who have both been invited to join the England U19 lacrosse academy after successful trials.
Southern Area Inter-Counties athletics
Annie (7L) was selected to compete for Oxfordshire in four events (long jump, hurdles, shot put, relay) at the prestigious Southern Area Inter-Counties athletics event, despite being the youngest in the her age category.
Henley Women's Regatta
Georgie and Charlotte (L6F) both won races in the Henley Women’s Regatta in their respective categories:
Georgie, in the J184x, won gold against Latymer Upper School.
Charlotte, in the J164x, won gold against Marlow Rowing Club in a new course record.
First England cap
In July, Ella (L6E) played for the England U18 team who came second to Ireland in the Home Nations U18 7s Tournament held in Edinburgh. She had previously scored two tries in their matches against Scotland and Wales.
English Schools National Athletics Championships
Three students competed at the Alexander Stadium in Birmigham in July.
Ella (L6E) finished sixth in the country in IG hammer with 53.03 although, frustratingly, only 80cm separated 2nd and 6th.
Scarlett (L6C) ran extremely well in IG 100m in a fantastic time of 12.67, finishing fifth in her heat and narrowly missing out on a place in the semi-final. She was 21st overall out of 32 qualifiers.
Marina (10K) jumped well in the JG Long Jump in her first English Schools achieving a distance of 4.85 and finishing 24th out of 30 qualifiers.
South of England inter-counties athletics tournament
Marina also represented Oxfordshire in this competition in Long Jump and the 300m. She came third in Long Jump with an impressive 4.93 and 9th in the 300m.
National Schools Sailing Association
Emma (9J) had a successful week sailing with Oxfordshire at NSSA in July and won her Rookie Topper fleet of 25 participants. As a result it was suggested that she applies to become part of the Topper Zone Squad representing the Southern Region. This involves attending four compulsory events where she will be assessed and if successful offered a place to join the winter training.