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GYMNASTICS: West Hatch student takes gold









 

1.36pm - 16th April 2015

AN 11-year-old student at West Hatch High School has won a gold medal in gymnastics while representing the UK in an international competition. 
Larni Shulton was up against gymnasts from Malta, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Jersey when she competed in the DHA International competition in Colchester. 
The Chigwell youngster came third overall with high scores in her vault, bars and floor routines - and earned herself a gold medal with her beam routine.
Larni, who is in Year 7 at the High Road school, started in the sport at the age of just four and took part in her first competition about three years later. 
She now trains 18 hours a week, spread over five days, at Havering Gymnastics. 
Larni initially took part in ballet but then turned her attention to gymnastics. She said: "Being with my friends is one of the best things as well as being able to do a lot of cool skills.
"I like the strengthening side (of the sport) which is strange because a lot of people don't like that." 
Of her latest success, Larni said: "I knew I had done well; I'd had a solid competition - it was just really amazing to win. I didn't expect it."

     

GYMNASTICS: Club earns World Gymnaestrada spot









 

3.07pm - 13th April 2015

EPPING SC Gymnastics Club has been selected for the prestigious World Gymnaestrada gymnastics festival in Helsinki, Finland, in July. 
Seventeen girls aged 10 to 23 from the club will take part in the seven-day festival which is held every four years and brings together about 21,000 gymnasts from 50 nations. 
The club beat off fierce competition to be selected and will perform in individual displays, British displays and the world display at the closing ceremony in front of a global audience. 
Head coach Carrie Barfoot said: "It's an honour to be selected for the World Gymnaestrada and a testament to our hard work and dedication as a club. 
"We've already started training and are looking to put on a few displays before and after the event to showcase the sequences. 
"Preparing for the festival is going to be demanding but we're all relishing every second of it and are really excited to be part of such a fantastic event." 
The squad - which trains at Everyone Active's Epping Sports Centre - needs to raise 30,000 to attend the World Gymnaestrada and will be hosting fundraising events over the coming months and accepting donations. 
Everyone Active contract manager Kim Bames said: "We're so pleased Epping SC Gymnastics Club has been selected for this acclaimed event having watched their progress over the years. 
"The centre is like a second home to most of the girls and coaches as they spend so much time here. They're truly deserving of their spot and we'd like to wish them the best of luck." 
Donations to Epping SC Gymnastics Club can be made via bank transfer or cheque to Epping Gymnaestrada 40-20-37 / 2143657.
 Alternatively donations can be made at Epping Sports Centre on Monday evenings, Thursday evenings or Saturdays.

     

SQUASH: Ongar club reaches last eight









 

2.12pm - 31st March 2015

A TEAM from the Ongar Love Lane Squash Club is through to the last eight of a national competition. 
The team of Mark McEwen, Dave Smith, Malcolm McEwen and Richard Horswill recorded a two-point victory on count back over Ipswich in the last 16 of the national club championships after the match ended 2-2. 
The club will now face the Edgbaston Priory Club from Birmingham in the quarter-finals on May 16. 
Angus McKenzie, who manages Ongar Town Council's Jubilee Park site where the squash club is based, said: "Everyone associated with the town council and the Jubilee Park congratulate the squash team on their outstanding success so far and all hope that they can go even further and reach the national semi-finals in May."

     

NETBALL: Double success for West Hatch teams









 

3.35pm - 26th March 2015

THE Year 7 netball team at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, have been crowned West Essex District Champions after being unbeaten in the district league which ran from September to March. 
They progressed to the play-offs on Tuesday (March 24) and beat Harlow champions Burnt Mill 16-14, having fought back from 5-1 down, to be West Essex and Harlow District Champions. 
The Year 8 girls were also West Essex District Champions however they were beaten by St Marks in the play-off final. 
Coralie Reid, Head of PE at West Hatch, said: "The girls narrowly missed out to a place in the semi -final of the Essex Cup to Bancroft's School a few weeks ago so this was a really nice way to end the year. 
"They all played really well. The player of the match as picked by the opposition was Isobel Barry." 
Mrs Reid added: "That is the end of the netball year but the girls are already looking forward to next season and will all be representing the school athletics team next term."

     

ATHLETICS: Davenant girl hurdles to national title









 

3.25pm - 14th March 2015

A DAVENANT Foundation School student is already eyeing up her next potential medal-winning performance after being crowned a national indoor athletics champion. 
Year 9 student Marissa Sims won the English Athletics Championships Under-15 indoor 60m hurdles at Sheffield last week clocking a time of 8.99secs. 
Marissa, a member of Enfield and Haringey Athletics Club, said: "I wasn't expecting to win, I just hoped! It was a bit of a shock." 
Marissa trains three times a week at Lea Valley Athletics Club and takes part in competitions about once a fortnight. 
Now she is setting her sights on qualifying for the 75m event at the English Schools Championships. 
To qualify she needs to reach the national standard time of 11.5secs, which is just one hundredth of a second faster than her personal best which she set last year.
Marissa said: "I've got so many nice friends and everyone is so supportive. I've done athletics since I was nine but only started hurdles when I was in Year 7. I really enjoy it." 
Davenant headteacher Chris Seward said: "Marissa's achievement was fantastic. She trains really hard, is a popular girl, always cheerful and we hope that she will continue to be successful in the year ahead."

     

KARATE: Marathon fundraiser









 

4.53pm - 3rd March 2015

MEMBERS of the Waltham Abbey-based Shotokan Karate will be among those taking part in a Kata Marathon in memory of a former member. 
The event, which is being held at Harlow Leisurezone between 3pm and 6pm on May 10, is being organised in memory of senior Black Belt member Liz Lafbury who died last year. 
Money raised will go to The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. 
All members from all SKE clubs will be taking part. Shotokan Karate is this year marking its 30th anniversary. 
In the past three decades the organisation has raised over 100,000 for various charities and holds the Guinness World Record for performing the most Katas - 8,533 - in three hours. 
There is no charge for spectators but a collection will be held to boost the total raised. Prizes will be awarded for the best fundraiser from each participating club. 
This year is also the 25th year of the Roy Castle charity. 
For more details about the event ring 01992 768664 or email ske@btconnect.com

     

NETBALL: West Hatch teams in latter stages of two competitions









 

3.05pm - 26th February 2015

TWO netball teams at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, are through to the latter stages of two county competitions.
The Under-19 team are into the semi-finals of the Essex Cup after a 27-17 victory over Chingford Foundation School. 
The team, captained by Sophie Ledwith, will now play either Coopers School or Westcliff High School for Girls in the last four. 
Coralie Reid, the school's Head of PE, said: "The match against Chingford was physically tough but the girls maintained their self-control and technically were the better team on the day."
The victory over Chingford followed a convincing 41-4 win against Jo Richardson School, Dagenham.
Poppy Maddison (Centre and County Netballer) was player of the match voted for by the opposition coach and team. 
Mrs Reid, Head of PE, said: "This lovely bunch of pupils deserve all the success they get. They are not only exceptional netball players but are hardworking A-level students. 
"They are a complete credit to the school and I am going to miss Sophie and Poppy when they move on after this year. Seven years of service to the school netball team is a great achievement for them both." 
* Meanwhile the West Hatch Year 7 team are into the Essex Cup quarter-finals after beating Jo Richardson School. 
This is the furthest the team has ever progressed in the competition and will now meet Bancroft's School at Redbridge Sports Centre on March 12. 
Players of the match in the last round was Annabel Carter, who was voted for by the opposition coach and team, and Isobel Barry, who was praised by the West Hatch coach). 
Mrs Reid said: "The girls fought hard in the game and were captained superbly by Kiera Carroll with her hard fighting attitude. 
"It was probably the toughest game they have had in their run of 15 undefeated games since the start of the year." 
She added: "I am so proud of all the girls, each one of them works so hard in training and take on board new tactics and plays. 
"They are also current district champions being the only school in west Essex left in the Essex Cup competition. This means a lot to us as a school, and the girls."

     

CROSS COUNTRY: School in county championships









 

2.40pm - 26th February 2015

ATHLETES at West Hatch High School took part in the Year 7 and 8 Essex Schools Cross Country Championships at Stubbers Activity Centre, Upminster. 
The event brought the cross country season to an end as more than 60 of the best cross country schools across Essex took part in the event. 
Each contest involved 300 to 400 runners. 
The highest ranked West Hatch students were Olivia Roberts (Year 7) who was placed 56th and Maddie Fitch (Year 7) 79th.

     

HOCKEY: School reaches final for second successive year









 

8.26am - 20th February 2015

THE Avon House School hockey team put up a stout defence of their Redbridge Mini Games Hockey title fighting through to the final before losing to Bancroft's School.
By far the youngest side in the competition, Avon House had to adapt to playing on a very narrow pitch but gradually settled into an effective pattern of play. 
Goals proved hard to come by because of the congested playing area but Avon House persevered during the six games and the final result showed how the sport has become one of the school's strengths in recent years. 
Team members were Eesa (captain), Rithvik, Aadam, Amir, Amelie, Ananya, Alfie, Maxwell, Sophia, Venaya and Theo.

     

SCHOOL SPORTS: School's PE efforts earn gold award









 

1.58pm - 6th February 2015

ACHIEVEMENTS by staff and students in PE at Debden Park High School, Loughton, have earned the school a gold mark in the Sainsbury's School Games Mark scheme.
The Government-led scheme was launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. 
Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels. 
PE team leader Jen Perry said: "We are very pleased to be awarded a gold mark. Schools are assessed on categories including curriculum, competition, extra-curricular and sports leaders. 
"It's great to see our students acknowledged for their fantastic sporting achievements and commitment to helping others achieve, and we thank all the students and staff for supporting PE and sport in our school."

     

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