Pupils and staff queue­ing up to show sport­ing prow­ess

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

THERE has been plenty of sport­ing suc­cess to cel­e­brate at Bea­cons­field High School.

Last month, we re­ported how the school’s un­der-18s in­door hockey team made his­tory af­ter fin­ish­ing third at the Girls’ Schools Su­per 6s Cham­pi­onships, hav­ing been the only state school at the na­tional fi­nals.

And the tri­umphs did not stop there, with pupils and teach­ers rack­ing up re­mark­able achieve­ments in the pool, on net­ball courts, and again in the in­door hockey courts.

In the pool, Year Nine stu­dent Rachel Corn­ford claimed 15 podium fin­ishes, in­clud­ing two golds, two sil­vers and 11 bronzes from two Berks & South Bucks County Cham­pi­onship meets.

The 13-year-old, who com­petes in the ju­nior cat­e­gory for Wy­combe Dis­trict Swim­ming Club, won her golds in the 100m in­di­vid­ual med­ley and 100m freestyle – for which she set a Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship record for the county – and her fan­tas­tic times mean she has also qual­i­fied for this year’s South East Re­gional Cham­pi­onships. Still in the pool, learn­ing sup­port as­sis­tant Pip Collin rep­re­sented Wy­combe Dis­trict Swim­ming Club in the South East Re­gional Masters Cham­pi­onships in Craw­ley, win­ning six golds and one bronze. Com­pet­ing in the 55-59 age group for the first time, Collin, pic­tured left, also achieved a Cham­pi­onship meet record in the 50m but­ter­fly.

Else­where, the school’s U19 net­ball team com­peted at the Na­tional Schools re­gional rounds and beat stiff com­pe­ti­tion to qual­ify for the fi­nal, to be played on March 18.

To top it all off, Year 11 head Kat McGonigle cap­tained her team, Slough, to vic­tory in the Na­tional Pre­mier League In­door Hockey Su­per 6s Cham­pi­onship at Wem­b­ley to qual­ify for a place in Europe.

Fi­nal­ists: Bea­cons­field High’s U19 net­ball team will con­test the re­gional fi­nal on March 18.

Serial medal-win­ner: Rachel Corn­ford, cen­tre, ac­cepts one of her two swim­ming golds.

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