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County School Winter Games 2017

Bishop Stopford represented Kettering 'Maroons' in 4 sports at this term's County School Games Finals held at Kettering Leisure Village.

The first competition was Indoor Rowing. A total of 4 boys teams qualified in the Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 age groups whilst the girls were represented by one team in each respective age group.

The Sportivate grant has allowed a significant development of interest from students and huge gains in attainment and performance since last year's involvement.  The results were that Bishop achieved 3 individuals medals and one team medal. Harriet Drake-Lee took the Year 9/10 Girls' Gold with an impressive performance,  rowing only 20m short of national standard gold in the time allocation of 5 minutes.

In the Year 7/8 boys category, Gold was also achieved by Victor Ologan in a powerful row and he was closely followed by team mate Michael Owusu-Afriyie, who picked up Bronze. The Year 7/8 boys two-team of Harvey Freeman, Michael Owusu-Afriyie, Edward Sansome and Will Singlehurst picked up a Siver medal in the Team Relay event over 2017m.

Later that evening, the Bishop Year 10/11 Badminton players consisting of Luke Jeffery, Cameron Jones, Tom Lawson and Aditya Sharma, achieved a team Bronze.  The medal was won, through some hard-fought wins, against Lodge Park and Raunds Manor.  They lost their other two games against Caroline Chisholm School and Northampton School for Boys, who went on to take Gold & Silver.

Thursday saw the Year 7 Girls Basketball team take on the winners of the other 4 Northamptonshire districts. They achieved wins against South Northants and Wellingborough.  The girls lost to Northampton School for Girls, so it went down to a Bronze/Silver play off versus Brooke Weston representing Corby. The loss was narrow, but in doing so, achieved a magnificent Bronze medal.

A medal had been won each day so the Year 10 Volleyball team were under pressure to perform. They did not disappoint and the squad of Aaron Clifford, Longshal Dashit, Tom Lawson and Max Aldridge produced a win. This secured the final medal of the week with the boys claiming the Bronze medal!

Well done to all students involved.

Mr Martin Young