Tilly O, Year 11, competed at the Lee Valley Synchro Skating Open in London with her team, Whizz Kids on Sunday 5th November. It was the first time the team had skated at this higher level (Junior B) and they achieved a massive score of 71.71 and won the event. The team are now starting to prepare for the next competition which is the Winter Cup in Belgium.
For the past 2 weeks AGGS girl’s have been battling hard on the Devisdale to try and secure places in the national Schools Hockey Competition. The first round is regional, so all teams in the Greater Manchester area are invited and represent their school in U18s, U16s and U14s category.
With some excellent players on our teams we hoped for some success stories, however, the wind and rain, and determination of all the teams to go through made for a very challenging tournament. The U16s and U18s sadly got knocked out but the U14s have gone through as runners up.
Mrs Hardicre reports: The U14 Hockey team played in the first round of the National schools competition. We played against Stockport, Loreto, Manchester High and Cheadle Hulme. We won against Stockport 3-0 and Loreto 2-0. Then drew 0-0 to Manchester High and Cheadle Hulme. It was a close tournament that left Manchester High, Cheadle Hulme and AGGS in joint 1st so it went down to goal difference. We are through to the next round as runners up and Manchester High went through as the winners. The team managed to hold it together and played to a high standard. We will be training hard for the next round in November!
On Saturday 14th Oct, Taekwon-Do UK held their British Championships at the Stratford on Avon Leisure Centre. All T-UK areas were present in force, including representation from our own AGGS club; Erin W, Yr9 and Freya P, Yr10. After a short speech from President of T-UK, Master Archer VII Degree, the tournament got underway. As always, standards were high and the officials had some tough decisions to make. Competition was fierce and the trophies available were top notch. Both our students performed extremely well and by the end of the day we saw Freya winning silver in sparring against a very tough group.
Last Sunday Hannah H from Year 8 won Gold and silver medals at the Unity World championships. She is now the current Unity World Champion for Point Fighting. She has been asked to represent her Taekwondo club at the Irish Open Martial Arts Championship and she would also like to represent AGGS there. The Irish Open is one of the biggest fight competitions in the World and has 4000 competitors from 37 countries. This will be a fantastic opportunity for Hannah.
Eloise and her sailing partner had a fabulous world championships in Holland at the end of July. It was very close racing against 177 boats from around the world in very tough conditions. Eloise and her partner finished 16th overall and were the 1st all girl boat – gaining the title “2017 RS Feva Ladies World Champions” and a lovely big trophy!
Year 7 Student, Grace S, Year has been selected to represent England at the Dance World Cup 2017 in Germany, and won 3 Gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals contributing to England winning the overall competition, which makes her also a World Champion.
The Dance World Cup is the culmination of over 12,000 competitors from 47 countries competing at qualifiers with approximately 2,500 making the World Finals each year.
This year Grace has qualified to compete in 10 dances in the following categories;
Song and Dance
Grace commits to over 12 hours of dancing per week between her local dance school, Royal Ballet School Mid Associates and AGGS dance club, recently performing her contemporary modern solo at the AGGS dance show. She competed at the Wrexham Dance Festival over the half term break and was awarded 4 trophies, 2 shields and 6 medals gaining an award in every section she competed in.
Gabriella is a Synchronised ice skater and has done amazingly well in competition this season. In addition to her on ice training she has been training on inline skates – Inline skating is a comparatively new and fast growing sport, in essence it involves wheels instead of the blades you would find on ice skates and it allows the skater to perform all the spins jumps and fancy footwork you would expect to see on the ice.
She is a member of the UK Silverblades inline team and along with the 12 other skaters in the team she has been in Dijon over the weekend at the 7th World Inline Skating Championships representing GB, and won the Bronze medal in the Junior ladies Division 4 category.
In June Eloise and her sailing partner competed in the RS Feva Inland National Championships at Draycote Water, finishing 1st Ladies and 3rd overall.
Their next competition is the RS Feva World Championships in Holland at the end of July, where Eloise and her fellow UK Junior Squad boats will be representing GBR in a competition of 200 boats from around the world. We wish her good luck!