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Sportwomen’s Dinner Celebrates Student’s Achievements

23rd May 2023

On Friday 19th May, we held our annual Sportswomen’s Dinner event which allowed us the opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate the success and progress we have achieved as a school community across a multitude of sports.

Over the course of the evening we had the pleasure of listening to all of our Sports captains and representatives delivering their speeches sharing fond memories of their superb accomplishments in Athletics, Cross Country, Tennis, Indoor Cricket, Indoor Hockey, Netball, Hockey, Volleyball & Equestrian. 

Alumna and Team GB Hockey player Joie Leigh (OG, 2011) sent an inspiring video message to our audience demonstrating the importance of unity within a team and supporting their overall ambition to succeed.  

Special presentations were also made to Ben Davis, our outgoing Hockey Coach, to thank him for all his contributions over the last 5 years and to our Year 13 leavers, who between them all have represented the school in so many different sports. 

The North Shield was shared between our National team finalists the U18 Indoor Hockey Squad, the U16 National Schools Netball Squad and the U15 Sisters n’ Sport Netball Squad. Individual athletes were also given special recognition for their achievements this year and prizes were presented to the following students; Molly Robinson (Tennis), Abbie Grafton (Gymnastics), Tilly Simms (Table Tennis) Holly Coughlan (Football) and Lucy Crook (International Hockey Umpire).

 

SEASON REPORTS & AWARDS BY TEAM

Outdoor Hockey

Thank you to Lucia, Gabby, Lucy, Henny and Leah for delivering the U15, U16 and U18 Hockey Reports. 

Congratulations to the following students on receiving Outdoor Hockey Awards:

The Celia Abbot Trophy – Gabby Estlin

The U15 Players’ Player Cup – Lucia Partridge and Gabby Estlin

The U16 Players’ Player Cup is awarded to – Lucy Holland

The Jane Mellor Award – Lucy Blanchard

The Pru Smithies Cup – Sofija Opacic

The U18 Players’ Player Cup – Leah Davis

Intermediate Colours – Imogen Kirk-Smith, Alero Boyo, Molly Clark, Maddy Patel, Gabby Estlin and Holly Biggin-Wilcox.

Senior Colours – Lucy Crook, Florence Taylor, Ruby Shone, Rosie Robinson, Mariella Shuttleworth, Katie Scollick, Lois Lemmon, Lucy Holland, Henny Gibson, Alice Morrison, Ellie Tingle, Molly Robinson and Liv Kelly.

 

Indoor Hockey

Thank you to Alice and Jess for delivering the U16 and U18 Indoor Hockey Reports.

Congratulations to the following students on receiving Indoor Hockey Awards:

The Indoor Hockey Cup – Leah Davis

Intermediate Colours – Molly Robinson, Liv Kelly, Lucia Partridge, Gabby Estlin, Charlotte D’Arcy, Holly Biggin-Wilcox, Libby Cree and Amber Barker, Ellie Tingle and Jemima Otter.

Senior Colours – Lucy Crook, Henny Gibson and Lucy Holland.

 

Netball

Thank you to Tara, Nancy, Lillie, Katy and Charlotte for delivering the U15, U16 and Senior Netball Reports.

Congratulations to the following students on receiving Netball Awards:

The Upper School Netball Cup – Ellie Burrows

U15 Players’ Player Cup – Nancy Tidy

U16 Players’ Player Cup – Lillie Wightman

The Ann Winterbottom & Catherine Young Netball Cup & U18 Coaches’ Player Cup – Antonia Maddan

Intermediate Colours – Annabelle Apperley, Holly Biggin-Wilcox, Ellie Burrows, Charlotte D’Arcy, Emily Dimbylow, Tara Glennan, Ella Manson, Annabel Massey, Lucia Partridge and Nancy Tidy.

Senior Colours – Holly Bestwick, Mia Crecraft, Lucy Crook, Lucy Dimbylow, Poppy Mason, Emily Northern, Evie Pickles, Megan Rees and Ruby Shone.

 

Athletics

Thank you to Sophie for delivering the Athletics Report.

Congratulations to the following students on receiving Athletics Awards: 

The Most Improved Athlete – Ellie Tingle

The Hurdles Trophy – Annabel Massey

The Long Jump Cup – Libby Cree

The High Jump Cup – Emily Dimbylow

The 800 Metre Cup – Libby Cree

The Distance Cup – Maddy Ducker 

The Throws Trophy – Molly Robinson

The Sprint Cup – Emily Dimbylow

 

Indoor Cricket

Thank you to Grace for delivering the U15 Indoor Cricket Report.

Congratulations to the following student on receiving a Cricket Award:

Jan Woolley Cup – Grace Morley.

 

Cross Country

Thank you to Maddy for delivering the Cross Country Report.

Congratulations to the following student on receiving a Cross Country award:

Intermediate colours – Maddy Patel.

 

Equestrian

Thank you to Isobel and Tilly for delivering the Equestrian Report.

Congratulations to the following students on receiving Equestrian Awards:

The Equestrian Cup – Isobel Wood.

Senior Colours – Isobel Wood & Tilly Smith.

 

Tennis

Thank you to Molly for delivering the Tennis Report.

Congratulations to the following students on receiving Tennis Awards:

The Richard Barrass Trophy – Molly Robinson 

Intermediate Colours – Megan Rosendale, Eve Patel, Jemima Otter.

Senior Colours – Molly Robinson, Megan Rosendale, Maddy Patel and Eve Patel.

 

Volleyball

Thank you to Hollie and Ellie for delivering the Volleyball Report.

Congratulations to the following students on receiving Volleyball Awards:

The William G Morgan Cup – Megan Rosendale

The Volleyball Cup – Davina Dugboyele

Intermediate Colours – Annabelle Scott, Maddy Patel, Imogen Kirk-Smith, Alero Boyo.

Senior Colours – Megan Rosendale, Phoebe Vincent, Ellie Tingle, Anabelle Scott and Sophia Tolson.

 

SPECIAL AWARDS:

North Shield for the Outstanding Team Award – The U18 Indoor Hockey Squad, U16 Netball National Schools Squad and the U15 Sisters n’ Sports Netball Squad.

 

INDIVIDUAL SPORTING SUCCESSES:

The following students were presented with a special award last year but we still wanted to acknowledge their achievements from this year with a medal for achievement. 

 

Molly Robinson (Tennis)

Backing up her semi final place Molly finished one step further and reached her first final in the Women’s British Tour singles event in Scotland. She also won the Grade 2 Nationals U16 singles and doubles and this helped her to qualify for the U16 Grade 1 National Finals held at the National Tennis Centre in London. Here she made it through to the quarter final stage losing to the eventual winner. As a result of this she finished in the top 8 in the country. 

In addition to this as part of the reigning U18 British Team Tennis National Squad she will now go on to compete in the National finals to try and become club national champions for the 3rd year in a row with her academy. Molly, congratulations on your achievements this year. 

 

Abbie Grafton (Gymnastics)

Abbie is part of a 5 girl team from Leeds Gymnastics Club that won the British Team Championships. Leading on from this she was also awarded Female Gymnast of the Year 2022 alongside her 4 team mates for winning this competition. Abbie is also in regular contact with Head Coaches from Yale, New Hampshire, Temple and Wisconsin Colleges in the USA so there are exciting times ahead! We look forward to hearing about your success over the summer! 

 

Holly Coughlan (Football)

The Youth Lionesses talent pathway aims to identify potential talent and as a part of the England football programme, Holly attends the future lionesses goalkeeping centre which is led and coached by Head Coach and First Team GK coach at Sheffield United Women & the England U15 England Goalkeeping Coach. Holly has now been selected to join the high-performance learning group with high level players and coaches. This consists of classroom classes and top high-quality sessions and will hopefully lead to exciting opportunities and experiences.

 

Tilly Simms (Table Tennis)

Tilly has had a very successful and busy schedule of table tennis tournaments. She reached the last 16 in the U16 National Schools Table Tennis competition and finished joint 7th in the Table Tennis Cadet National Cup. Although she was the 10th seed here she was the only player to beat the overall cup winner. Tilly’s team also won the U19 Division 2 England Junior British Table Tennis League and they were awarded the team of the weekend. 

 

Lucy Crook (Hockey Umpiring)

As well as being one of our top hockey players, competing in both the Indoor National Finals and Independent Schools Hockey Plate Semi-final for school this year, Lucy has also been progressing as an umpire for the sport. Last summer, she not only competed in the England Hockey Challenge Cup with the Yorkshire U17 squad, she then went on to umpire the U15 competition as well! This year, having continued to umpire regular weekend fixtures, she was then given the opportunity to umpire her first international match at the end of April; England U18 Girls vs Wales U18 girls. It is always fantastic to see our students taking on a range of roles within their sport and we couldn’t be prouder of Lucy for her commitment to both playing and umpiring at such a high standard. 

 

Mrs K Robinson

Director of Sport

 

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