Pupils and staff queueing up to show sporting prowess
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.