06 Sep 2018
2017-18 Summer Sports

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Summer Sports 2018 Summer Sports 2018

Athletics

Year 7 and 8 athletes took part in the English Schools’ Track and Field Cup on 10th May. The girls performed well, achieving a few personal bests, narrowly missing out on 3rd place by just three points. There is a lot of talent at Withington which we will build on next year. In the Manchester Schools League, Year 7 and 8 teams took part, with the Year 8s achieving 3rd place against very strong competition. We had the opportunity to send some of our most talented athletes to the Gifted and Talented Camp where girls were coached on their technique by top coaches from Sale Harriers. The girls enjoyed their sessions and have brought back some tips to share with other athletes.

Eton Tennis

Ten girls from Years 7 to 11 represented the School in the annual Independent School Tennis Championships, held at Eton College in July 2018. The girls played some fabulous tennis over the weekend and played against some of the best school tennis players in the country. Outside the tennis, the girls enjoyed sightseeing around beautiful Windsor.

Rounders

Double Champions and Runners up in the Manchester Schools Tournament

We have had a particularly successful rounders season this Summer Term, with all teams producing some pleasing wins against tough opposition. The main highlight was that a Withington team in every age group reached the Manchester Schools’ Rounders Tournament Final. Of the four teams, two emerged champions and one was runner up!

Junior Sports Day

Junior Sports Day was held at Longford Park Stadium this year. It was an excellent day made even better by the glorious weather. All juniors arrived in their house colours, eager and excited to represent their Houses. We had some outstanding performances in both the track and field events, with many new records being set. Particular congratulations to Charlotte A who broke the 2012 Year 4 Long Jump record - she jumped 3.4m! Also, Aditi R broke the 2010 Year 3 Long Jump record, jumping 3.15m! Lily O threw the Rounders Ball an astonishing 32.4m, breaking a record that was set 15 years ago! The winning House was dependent upon the final race, making the Year 6 relay extremely exciting with Hunter emerging victorious.

AJIS Athletics

This year saw us at a new venue, Witton Park in Blackburn for the Year 5 and 6 AJIS athletics. This competition is about individuals achieving their best and there is no overall school winner. The girls competed well with several reaching the finals of their competitions: Louisa D (hurdles), Chloe L (hurdles), Bianca K(75m). Lily O won the Rounders ball throw and received a gold medal.

Junior Tennis

The girls were treated to sessions led by outside coaches – Shakira and Liv – and had a fun time learning new skills and tactics. It was great to see so many girls out in the sunshine enjoying the beautiful weather as they put their new skills into practice. Two girls represented Withington in the AJIS tennis tournament and the results didn’t do justice to their effort throughout the day as there were some very close games.

Junior Rounders

Juniors in all year groups enjoyed numerous Rounders fixtures and more victories than defeats. Year 4 pupil Margot T wrote in her match report for the fixture at Cheadle Hulme School: ' We started strongly winning our first innings 8.5-6. They came back in the second innings to win 15.5-14.5 overall. This was our second match as a team, we had learned from our defeat and scored many more rounders than last time. There were some strong performances on both sides and we played well as a team. It was a very exciting match but next time we need to build on our improvements, keep playing strongly as a team and aim to get a victory.'

Visit from Beth Tweddle

We were pleased to welcome Olympic and Commonwealth gymnast Beth Tweddle for a question and answer session. A group of our committed and reliable advanced gymnasts (Junior and Senior pupils) were invited to meet Beth and ask her questions about her career.

As always, our girls came well prepared with some interesting and thought-provoking questions – Matilda had a whole scroll full of them! Beth spoke at length about her early career, highlights and downsides and her most proud moment in sport. The girls showed a genuine interest in what Beth had to say and it was a fantastic opportunity for them to meet an Olympian.