Katie H, Year 12, competed in The British Cycling National Track Championships at Manchester velodrome over the weekend.
She was racing in the 4km Team Pursuit (16 laps) competing against some of the top senior riders in the country including Dame Sarah Storey and the GB Team squad. on the photos you can find Katie, riding orange bike.
Her team, Racing Chance Foundation finished in 7th position with a time of 5.08 and an average speed of 29.04 mph – which was a really excellent result for a junior team.
3 teams had been entered into the U13 Greater Manchester round of the National Schools’ mini hockey competition: 2 year 8 teams and 1 year 7 team for experience for next year. We were the only school to enter an ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ team.
In the section matches the year 8 ‘B’ team won two matches, drew one and lost two. This placed them a very respectable 4th in their section of six. They played some excellent hockey to beat two ‘A’ teams and to draw against Withington Girls’ School who reached the semi final.
The ‘C’ team (managed by Siobhan Driscoll, one of our GCSE students), won two matches, drew three and only lost one (to the eventual winners : our ‘A’ team!!!!! The year 7 players played some amazing hockey to finish joint third in their section.
The ‘A’ team won their section with 5 wins and one draw. In the semi-final they played Withington Girls’ School and the score was 0-0 after full time. The match was then to be decided on penalty flicks ( or penalty pushes, as year 8’s cannot usually flick!!!!!!!). Three girls stepped up to the mark and pushed all 3 balls past the GK. Our GK Emily made 2 very good saves for us to win the shoot out.
The final was to be against Manchester High School who had beaten Cheadle Hulme School, also on penalties. As the light was fading and two schools were to go through to the next round anyway we decided not to play.
So…..the girls will be representing Greater Manchester in the next round of the competition in March.
Well done to everyone who played for such amazing results. Good luck in the next round.
Congratulations to the U16 ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams for their performance in the Greater Manchester round of the National Schools’ Badminton competition which was held at the Amaechi Centre which is part of Whalley Range High School.
Both teams won their sections and then their quarter and semi-final matches against schools from all over Greater Manchester.
They then met in the final which the ‘A’ team won 5-0.
It is an amazing achievement to have two teams in the final, such is the strength and depth at this age group at school at the moment.
The girls have received a certificate and a gold or silver medal.
The ‘A’ team now go onto represent Greater Manchester in the North West semi-final. They will be trying to win that competition to reach the National Finals again. Good luck girls.
Mrs finch would like to thank Mr Garrod and Mr Weaver for their continued support. They give up their time on a Monday to help coach the team players and they both supported the teams at this tournament. Thank you.