Well done to Harriet Metcalf who won silver in the girls U15 Wakefield District Open Cross Country Championships. Coming soon: Holly Kitching, Josh Dawson, Grace Clark and Cerys Watkins will all represent the school and district at the West Yorkshire Schools Championships on the 6th February at Northcliffe in Bradford. Good luck to you all!
Well done to Polly and Grace in their first county squash matches. Polly won all 3 matches 3/1 3/0 3/0 Grace won all 3 matches 3/0 3/0 3/0 A great performance girls - well done!
Holly competed in the 2015 Northern Athletics Championships in Middlesbrough last weekend. She won a silver medal with a time of 4 minutes 59 seconds in the Under 17 girls 1500m knocking 7 seconds off her PB! She also competed in the under 17 girls 1500m steeplechase where she achieved a fantastic PB and won a second silver medal with a time of 5 minutes 34 seconds. This is the fastest time for a Yorkshire under 17 girl athlete this year and the 37th best time in the UK in 2015 in her age group! Well done Holly - two superb results!
I joined the Fencing Club when I went into Senior School. Thanks to the encouragement and tuition of my, coach Glen Cooper, I have become a member of the Royal Armouries Fencing Club in Leeds, where I fence every Friday evening. I have fenced in two competitions this year. On Sunday 14 June I competed in the Yorkshire Youth League under 16 Boys Epee and won a bronze medal.
Polly and Grace (3rd Form) played in the U17 squash competition this week where they came up against some tough competition. Polly came back from 9-0 down to gain a match point which was narrowly lost. She went on to mentor her sister, Grace, who was up against the same player in the final. Grace also played outstanding squash and won the plate! Well done girls - a great performance.
Mark has a great love of horses and has competed in show jumping since the age of 8. He has recently started British eventing and is competing at Bramham horse trials next week - show jumping as part of the Badsworth Pony Club Team! He has also secured a placement with a showjumping yard and he will travel with them to the Derby meeting at Hickstead.
This week Leona travelled to Manchester to compete in the under 16 and under 18 Grade 3 Regional tournaments at Manchester City Football and Tennis Centre. She was beaten in the semi-final of the under 16 competition but in the under 18 she narrowly lost in the semi-final to the tournament winner (on a 3rd set tie break!) however she won her last match to come third overall. She has now been invited to an LTA Regional Camp in Manchester and has also been accepted into the main draw of the Scottish National Championships (Grade 2 national tournament). Good luck Leona!
Edward represented Yorkshire at the 2nd County Championship over the weekend. Yorkshire won five and lost two finishing 3rd and Edward scored twice!
This week Leona won her first under 18 tennis tournament at Telford Tennis Centre. Here she is celebrating with an ice cream! Well done Leona.
Well done to Zoe who has been nominated by the England Hockey Board to attend the JRPC (U18 Girls) at Leeds Pumas.
Ben Beachill and his U11 team mates won the U11 inter-county festival. Ben captained the team who had to win 7 matches overall to win the title.
This weekend Edward Ducker played for West Yorkshire hockey team where they won 5 games, drew one and lost one. This included beating the champions in the last game - very well done to Edward and all the boys.
Squash success! (Jan 2015) There have been some fantastic squash results from a few of our students recently. Sam Todd is now 3rd in the world. Ben Sockett 52nd in the world and he played against the Asian number 1 and the Irish Number 1. He defeated the French number 1 in straight sets 3-0. Harry Anderson finished 31st in the world he played players from around the world, including Scottish, Egyptian, American, Argentinian and Peruvian. Polly and Grace Clark are fast rising up the England Junior rankings. Saturday they both travelled to Heaton to compete, Grace came runner up and Polly 4th. Well done to you all - we look forward to hearing more results in the future!
Taylor became the winner of the Junior Novice Boxing 54 Kilos on Saturday. He has reached the British Semi Finals having defeated the champions of Cheshire and Merseyside. Yorkshire champion Taylor will be hoping to become British Champion and maybe even compete in the Olympics one day. Very well done Taylor - an outstanding performance!
Last week Leona won the under 14 Birchwood Junior Open in Cheshire which is a Grade 3 Regional Tournament. Having only started in the under 14 category in September, Leona performed extremely well, beating a current Great British International player. Very well done Leona - a great performance!
Yesterday some of our students competed in The British Closed Squash Championships and performed extremely well. Two of the players, Sam and Ben brought home trophies taking Sam to the U13 British number 1 at just 11 years old. ‘For Sam to win the British title is a fine achievement. He won comfortably and was expected to win, and handled the expectation well, which is also a credit. Fantastic for Ackworth to have a British Champion!’ James Willstrop, World Squash Number 1 "We are very proud of Sam and Ben. It is not just what they have achieved, it is the way in which they conduct themselves, with modesty and composure. They are a great advertisement for the game of squash and also for the school they attend." Anton Maree, Head.
Congratulations to Henry Hackwell on his recent cricket success. Henry, who plays for Whitley Bridge U11 and U13 teams, was selected to play and captain the Pontefract District Representative League Team, (U11s). He finished the season on a high Anchorwhen he was presented with the U13 bowling prize for most wickets and best bowling average in the league.
This year Leona played for Yorkshire in the Summer County Cup event for under 12s and the team came 5th in the country (out of approx 43 counties). She also won her first Grade 3 regional event and got into the main draw of the Grade 1 National Championships at West Hants for the first time, reaching the semi finals of the consolation draw. Overall a good 2014!
Following 4 victories in September Max has now been been given a 9.1 ranking. "Every weekend I compete in different tournaments. This month I have been to Nottingham, East Leake, York and Goole." Max went on to say, " Every person you play is different - some get very upset when they miss a shot. I don't think it helps them - it is only 1 point. It is great I have been able to train outside all September as the weather has been dry." by Max