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Oct 18, 2019
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A wet weekend - Mr Baird's Sports Blog


It gives me great pleasure to report back, via this week’s blog, about the Yorkshire Regional Biathlon Championships in York last Sunday. 

It was a slightly bizarre biathlon experience where the track part of the day was just as, if not more, wet as the section that took place in the pool!

This did not hold our pupils back though, as they did us proud with some fantastic efforts both inside and outside of the swimming pool. An early start on a Sunday morning didn't seem to affect any of them - they all arrived full of zest and embraced the challenging running conditions with admirable enthusiasm.

There were some very satisfying results with some of our team results really standing out. The U10 girls’ team came 2nd overall and the U10 boys’ team came 2nd too and as did the U12 girls’ team. Individually, there were many strong performances with Freddie finishing 3rd overall in the U10 event and Patrick, Beatrice and Frankie all finishing among the top 10 in their respective age groups. It was an extremely proud day for all connected with BGS and we await the publishing of the results eagerly, as well as confirmation as to those who have qualified for the National Biathlon Championships at Crystal Palace in March. A big, big thank you to all the mums and dads for their support, and to Mr Wield, for his organisation of our entries, and Mrs Furniss for her help and support on the day.

The previous weekend saw some of our children competing at Harrogate High School in the Harrogate School Sports Partnership Cross Country event. Once again, some challenging conditions demanded high levels of determination from our resolute pupils and it was so pleasing to see all of the competitors rise to the challenge, whether it was their first taste of Cross Country running as it was for some of our younger pupils, or whether they were more experienced runners. Four of our pupils, Frankie, Beatrice,  Lottie and Freya were placed high enough in their respective races to qualify for the North Yorkshire County competition at Dalby Forest on November 5th. I am sure that you would all like to join me in wishing them the best of luck! Thanks must go again to the parents who brought their children along that morning.

October 11th saw two mixed U11 teams go to Ben Rhydding Hockey to compete in a festival hosted by Gateways. In a couple of teams that varied in terms of hockey experience, our Sports Captains led by example and allowed other, younger or less experienced hockey players the platform to develop.  Mrs Furniss was extremely satisfied to see skills such as ball control, positional awareness and the reading of the game advance as the festival progressed.

This week, we were able to take U9 Rugby and Netball teams to Highfield to take part in a couple of fixtures where the pupils were able to progress their learning of these games. Mrs.Furniss was delighted to have the opportunity to give her netballers the opportunity to play in a few different positions and allow the children to experiment with different roles. The Rugby players worked extremely well together and showed improvement in their communication and organisation on the pitch, as well as looking to support the ball carrier as much as possible. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, where the burgeoning levels of sportsmanship on show was every bit as appreciated as the skills demonstrated by our children.

Outside of school sport, we were delighted to receive an update about Nellie Munyard’s horse riding success. She brought in two rosettes to share with us, one for a 6th place and one for a 1st place in the 70cm category at Northallerton. This rosette can be seen in the photograph that is attached to this blog. Well done Nellie!

I hope you have an enjoyable and restful weekend!

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