Sporting round-up of Bede’s School

Felicity competing on Winnie at Brand Hall
Felicity competing on Winnie at Brand Hall

Felicity and Winnie shine

Bede’s student Felicity Collins and her pony, Winnie, took part in the recent Three Day National Championships at Brand Hall in Shropshire.

Felicity did very well, with a solid performance in the first dressage phase, a brilliant clear cross country over the biggest course that she has yet tackled, and on the final day just one pole rolled in the show jumping phase. She finished 16th overall. This means that Felicity and Winnie are the 16th best pony/rider combination in the UK in Pony Trials. Felicity also had her best placing in one day trials on Friday June 7 with her other pony, coming fourth in an open section (adults and horses competing) which was won by world number one Andrew Nicholson.

The picture below shows Felicity competing on Winnie at Brand Hall.

Tennis Championships

Bede’s boys and girls U15 tennis teams won the Sussex Shield in a competition for all Sussex schools earlier this month.

Competing Schools included Eastbourne College, Lancing Senior School, Moira House, Ardingly School, Hurstpierpoint School and Brighton College. After their win, the Bede’s boys’ team of Alex Romay, Alex Abaza, Jack Burkill and Josh Goldin remains unbeaten in Sussex competitions this year. The Bede’s girls’ team, meanwhile, including Polly McCarthy, Chloe Durrant, Saffy Dowse and Holly Thompson, also claimed their title for the second year running.

Julie Salmon, ex-England international player, ex-Bede’s pupil and Director of Tennis at the school, said after the competition: “We saw fine tennis being played by so many budding young stars and fair play over all the days.

“Enormous thanks must go out to all who competed, and to their teachers.”

Nearly 800 Sussex tennis players competed for their schools throughout the summer months in the Sussex County Tennis Championships, which were hosted this year by Bede’s School.

Over a series of nine days, from March until June, young tennis players from across the county battled the wind, rain and occasional sunshine to see if their school could take trophies in each of the nine age groups, from Under 7 to Under 18.

On each of these days the teams were made up of four players who competed in the boys or girls events.

The Championships commenced on March 8 with the Under7 and 8 events. The trophies for the Mini Tennis for both boys and girls went to the Bede’s teams.

May 2 then saw the turn of the Under 18 age group, with Bede’s again winning both trophies.

On May 7 the Under 9s took to the courts and saw the Bede’s boys victorious, and in the same week the Under 16 tournament took place with both the Bede’s boys and girls teams claiming the titles. The Under 11 competition was also fought out in May, with Bede’s winning the boys event. By this time the normal schools tennis season was in full flow, and May 16 saw the Under 10 event where the Bede’s boys won. On June 6, the Under 14 event was staged and the Bede’s boys won.

The final tournament of the season then took place on June 13, with Bede’s winning both the boys and girls Under 15 titles.

Julie Salmon, said: “We saw fine tennis being played by so many budding young stars and fair play over all the days. Enormous thanks must go out to all who competed and to their teachers.”

The competing schools were: Lancing Prep School, Sion Prep School, St Andrews Prep School, Bede’s Prep School, Herstmonceux School, Moira House Junior School, Bede’s Senior School, Eastbourne College, Worth, Lancing Senior School, Rikkyo School, Burgess Hill School For Girls, Christ’s Hospital School, Moira House Senior School, Cardinal Newman School, Ardingly School, Great Walstead School, Brighton College Prep School, Hurstpierpoint School and Brighton College Senior School.