Thursday 21st June saw our two Hampshire Games qualifying teams head off to Aldershot to compete in the Hampshire School Games. Just qualifying to attend the Hampshire Games was a huge achievement and we were already incredibly proud of them before we left for the competition! The teams had to win their place at the Games by beating all of the other schools in the Winchester and North Eastleigh qualifying rounds so we knew we had strong teams.
When we arrived, we headed to the athletics stadium for the welcoming ceremony. It was a fantastic sight, seeing all of the other teams who had qualified for the event gathered at the stadium. After some music and dancing to warm them up, the children from all the different sporting disciplines paraded around the track and headed off to their separate event sights.
This left the athletics team ready to warm up at the track and prepare for their first race. The Mixed Quad Kids team started the event with the 75m sprint, followed by the vortex javelin, long jump and then the 600m. The competition was tough and the children came up against some incredibly quick and talented children from around the county. Each member of the team really stepped up their energy level and let the occasion push them to some of their best performances. There was no doubt about the quality of competition and, not only did the children enjoy competing in their events, they also enjoyed watching other children perform.
Following some fantastic performances all round, St Bede gained 8th place out of the 19 schools competing in the Athletics event. A fantastic achievement for all involved!
The Girls’ Football team found their opening match tough, with the opposition’s first chance coming within 30 seconds. Only the cat like reflexes of the team’s dominant goalkeeper kept the scores level. Unfortunately, luck was not on St Bede’s side and despite a Herculean effort, the team began the tournament with a 3-0 loss against a very strong side.
Bad luck seemed to be the theme of the day as St Bede rallied to earn creditable draws in their next three group matches, seeing them qualify for the championship stage of the competition. Today was a day where the ball would just not bounce our way. In the next round of matches the team managed another draw but suffered two 1-0 losses. St Bede enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but could not break down teams that had all 7 players behind the ball. Two break-away, last-minute goals conceded and the St Bede Girls were out of the tournament.
To the girls’ immense credit, they never stopped and they finally managed a win. Mr Hiscock was incredibly proud of how the girls conducted themselves throughout the day. They showed courage and perseverance and continued to give their very best, even when it seemed that everything was going against them. Well done girls, you are amazing!
A huge thank you to those parents who helped transport the children to and from the event and a special thank you to Mrs Hutchings who chaperoned, supported and encouraged the children throughout the whole day.