St Bede’s tennis aces

ST BEDE’S School stole the show at this year’s Sussex Schools Championships.

Taking place this year at Hampden Park Tennis Club and David Lloyd, Eastbourne, a total of 310 young tennis players from schools all over Sussex took part and played over four days during May.

The standard of play was impressive and St Bede’s Prep and Senior School pupils wowed the crowds with their talent. In Year 4 St Bede’s boys took the title and the school’s girls did the same. In the Year 5 events St Bede’s won the boys and in Year 6 they won the girls event. In the Year 9/10 group the school’s boys were champions and, finally, taking the title of Year 12 girls winners were... St Bede’s.

They were: St Bede’s Girls Year 4 winners: Florence Ferrari and Ella Lloyd, Saffron Dowse and Chase Sutherland; St Bede’s Boys Year 4 Winners: Oliver Carter, Tom Collins, Scott Lenham and Ian Trenaman; St Bede’s Boys Year 5 Winners: Tom Gordon, Harry Gibson, Will Griffiths and Alastair Orr; St Bede’s Girls Year 6 Winners: Polly McCarthy and Charlotte Brown; Amelia Baron and Saffron Dowse.

St Bede’s U15 Girls cricketers had the fantastic experience of playing at Lords Cricket Ground recently, in the final of the U15 Lady Taverners Indoor Cricket Competition. The competition began with 465 teams and narrowed down to five teams taking part in the final at Lords indoor cricket school. St Bede’s qualified through the London and East group and faced sides from Wales, South-West, Midlands and the North. In the final St Bede’s beat teams from Wales and the Midlands but narrowly lost by eight runs in both games to the North and South-West eventually finishing in third place in the whole country.

The girls really enjoyed the experience of a day at the most famous cricket ground in the world, a day that was made complete by taking part in a practise session with Sarah-Jane Taylor, a current England international wicket-keeper and batswoman. Taylor also took the girls on a very personal tour of Lords which was fitting as she is a former pupil of St Bede’s Prep School.

ALASTAIR ORR represented St Bede’s at the IAPS National Swimming Finals at the Crawley K2 centre. The finals day followed 35 regional qualifying rounds with more than 3,000 swimmers participating, and the top 16 in each event qualifying for the finals. Alastair qualified for the U10 25m Breastroke, with a second fastest qualification time of 20.65.

On finals day, Alastair firstly had to swim in the preliminary round to gain a place in the final, to which the fastest eight out of 16 would qualify.

The St Bede’s school pupil swam a superb length, gaining a PB of 20.35 beating his already impressive qualification time. However Alastair wasn’t the only swimmer to step up his time and swim an impressive length gaining a PB, leaving him a nervous wait to see if he had made the final. As it turned out, he did qualify and was seeded fifth going into the final. He swam extremely well, with a brilliant dive to get his race off to a flyer and finished sixth overall, again beating his qualification time. This is an extraordinary achievement for Alastair as he is not a club swimmer and is not used to swimming at such an intense and high profile event. Alastair has decided to continue to develop his swimming both within and outside of school.

ST BEDE’S student Maddy Smith took second place in the U18 category of the Brighton Mini Marathon recently. This was a big achievement, as some of the competitors were two years older than her.

Maddy is part of the St Bede’s Athletics team and will compete at the Schools Championships at the K2 Sports Centre later on in the summer. Currently Maddy is training under Dave Leach at Lewes Athletics Club where she participates in one track and one field session each week, along with two core sessions in the gym.

Her main event is 1,500 metres and she will take part in the County Championships at the K2 again later on in the summer.