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I’ve had a really busy summer! It began with Rugby 7s in Japan where I captained Hartpury College. Japan was fascinating and the rugby was challenging. I was lucky enough to be asked to give the Athletes Oath at the opening ceremony and speak on behalf of all the English speaking competitors. It was an experience I will never forget.
This season saw Bertie move up from the U13 age bracket to the cadets – Under 15’s. It was decided this would be the right age for him to start competing in the adult game as well as the junior game to broaden his scope.
2019 has been a challenging year where Charlie had shown extreme resilience to deal with injury setbacks, accidents and the added pressure of GCSE's deciding his next two academic years.
Last year was his most successful season to date as Joe transitioned from U16 to U19 and senior age groups as well as a move to Stroud Handball Club who reached the National Playoffs for the first time. Strode College have allowed Joe access to the sports hall and gym everyday to combine his studies and training programme.
Joe Nelson was selected to compete in an U18 Handball Tournament in Tarouca, Portugal from 13-16th September. The newly formed GB squad were drawn against a strong Porto side and the young team showed great improvement in set play, speed and strength.
Bettine Harris has spent her summer doing as much sailing as possible, starting off by representing Great Britain in the 420 at the world championships in Vilamoura, Portugal. Bettine and her sailing partner Megan Ferguson sailed successfully in strong winds to finish 24th overall in the ladies fleet against 70 other boats.
My summer started with the OK Europeans as part of Kiel week, my first major international OK event which I really enjoyed, competing against the top OK sailors was inspiring and the event ended on a high as I won the Junior (first under 23) title. With the World Championships coming to the UK in 2022 there is much hard training to be had in order to make the team and challenge the old-guard!
17 year old Strode College student and TS5C supported Joe Nelson from Walton has just returned from competing in the European Open Handball Championships held in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The 16 strong Great Britain team were drawn in the toughest group which included some of the best teams in Europe.
Luke Mason 18' Army took part in R.A.F Cosford's Epee open last Sunday. Bearing in mind he hasn't fenced that much due to phase 2 training with the Army, he had a reasonable first round pool but won all his 2nd round bouts. He then worked his way through the D.E's to reach the semi finals coming home with a Bronze.
Corey successfully competed as a senior- the only male from GB to be selected to compete in trampolining at the European Games held in Minsk. He finished in 10th and 1st reserve for the top 6 final (one per country). He missed the final by 0.6 - great experience to be competing against the current Olympic and World champion!
I am now mid-way through the season and there has been some high’s and low’s, but all things to learn from for the second half of the season and following years. As mentioned in my last email, the start season went pretty well at the performance assessment so I was looking forward to good racing in the Super Series this year.
Alan Gloak and all his helpers raised £364 for TS5C on Sunday from the sale of tea, cakes and plants at his National Garden Open Day event. A massive thanks you to all involved.