It has been a fantastic couple of weeks for our young athletes representing so many different sports and I have very much enjoyed celebrating their individual and collective successes with them.
I was pleased to see the sun make a welcome return last weekend when we finally had the opportunity to play some cricket outside. All the hard work put in by both boys and girls this term is really starting to pay off and there were some well-deserved wins, particularly for the younger teams. This followed the wonderful news a couple of days earlier that our U10 girls had won the U11 County Cricket Finals; an impressive achievement as they were competing in a group a year above them. History was also made this week as our girls played hardball cricket on the 1stX1 square for the very first time.
Congratulations to Marcus Garcha, who won the boys’ county final of the ‘Road to Wimbledon’ competition and now gets to play in the national finals at Wimbledon in August. Jess Gear was runner up in the girls’ qualifier and she has won a coaching session with Tim Henman, also at Wimbledon. Meanwhile, here at school, both our U15 boys and U15 girls tennis teams are also performing well and have qualified for the county tennis finals in July.
On the football pitch Charlie Bramwell has been selected for the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) U14 National Representative A Squad following a national tournament at Shrewsbury School. In addition, Tilly Leather and Alice Habermehl have been selected for the National ISFA Trials. Tilly was chosen following her performance at the regional festival this month and Alice for her strong performances throughout the season.
Six students from Years 6-10 took part in the first Bedford Schools Squash tournament on 14 June and did exceptionally well. The Years 5/6 and 7/8 finals were all BMS affairs and Mukund Salil took first place in Year 9-11 category.
On the running track Year 8 runners Subomi Bankole and Esme Piccolo were also on a winning streak taking first place in the 200m and 300m respectively at the District Athletics Championships.
Finally, on the water, both the J16 and senior girls’ quads qualified in the time trial at Henley Women’s Regatta at the weekend and the crews then performed superbly in tough side-by-side races. They did themselves and BMS very proud indeed.
Sport at BMS is certainly going from strength to strength and with so much emerging talent, some school records may be broken at Sports Day on Monday. Fingers crossed!