King’s sports stars can stand the heat

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

KING’S School’s girls felt the heat in Bar­ba­dos on their netball and hockey tour.

The 12-day tour saw hard-fought en­coun­ters with a se­ries of older op­po­si­tion teams de­ter­mined to show their na­tional pride.

The school’s head of aca­demic phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, Cheshire cricket cap­tain Jen­nifer Dunn, said: “It would be fair to say we en­coun­tered hos­tile con­di­tions in terms of the weather, the lo­ca­tions and es­pe­cially our op­po­nents.

“But as they say when the go­ing gets tough the tough get go­ing and we cer­tainly came up against a se­ries of teams de­ter-

JU­NIOR FOOT­BALL mined to prove that Caribbean sport still has the up­per hand.”

King’s won won two out of their three hockey fix­tures and all three of the netball games played against op­po­si­tion teams of the same age, but were out­gunned in the school, club and re­gional fix­tures against older girls, los­ing seven games.

Mrs Dunn added: “It was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence, play­ing some gen­uinely tough sport but then seal­ing great friend­ships off court.

“I think we showed that Mac­cles­field’s young women could stand the heat, and I was par­tic­u­larly pleased by the way our girls were fab­u­lous am­bas­sadors for King’s and for Mac­cles­field.”

As well as the sport, the tour­ing party en­joyed some rest and recre­ation on the beach, went on a cata­ma­ran tour of the is­land to­gether with a se­ries of ad­ven­tures off the beaten track.

“It was about en­joy­ing ev­ery­thing Caribbean life has to of­fer,” con­cluded Mrs Dunn, “in­clud­ing the cul­tural high­light, the mag­nif­i­cent Har­bour Lights show, which we were all able to mar­vel at thanks to our col­lec­tive pre-tour fundrais­ing ef­forts.

“That said, per­haps, the most eye-open­ing fea­ture of the tour was the day we all spent in a lo­cal school, wit­ness­ing the pride, pas­sion and pur­pose of Bar­ba­dos’s young peo­ple.”

King’s Girls is now plan­ning a Euro­pean tour for their next sport­ing trip.

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