Sporting prowess continues over summer
For many of our pupils, involvement in sport does not stop at the end of the school year and many go on to produce some impressive achievements over the summer.
Year 11 cricketer Tom Lawson, following an impressive season for Lancashire U15s was recently selected for the North of England U15s side that played in the world famous Bunbury Festival at Oakham School, Rutland.
The festival, which included teams from the Midlands, South West and London & East played in a week-long festival of cricket under the watchful eye of a number of prominent England officials, including Performance Director, Andy Flower.
The tournament is part of the ECBs programme to identify young players with potential.
Tom who has played in the Burnley CC 1st team this year was presented with his North of England cap by Graeme Swann. Following a successful tournament he was selected for Lancashire U17s, playing in victories against Durham and Yorkshire. This resulted in him playing in the Royal London Cup county championship final against Surrey at Arundel cricket ground in Sussex.
Lancashire shared the national trophy with Surrey after the game was abandoned due to rain.
Year 8 cricketer Max Dawson and new Year 7 pupil Qasim Shah, were both in the winning team representing Burnley District in their win over Bolton in the Inter District finals recently. This was the first time Burnley have won this competition in its 91 year history. The two have played together at club level for several years and Qasim is also at Lancashire, so Max is already looking forward to next year’s season!
In the pool, Year 8 pupil Nathan Smith has made tremendous progress.
Earlier in the year Nathan swam in the county championships in Manchester and Liverpool and the time he achieved for the 100m and 200m Breaststroke meant that he qualified to compete in the National Swimming competition in Sheffield. Swimming for Preston Swimming Club he was only one of four to qualify and the youngest from the club to attend.
The national's only happens once a year and see swimmers from around the country and from South Africa, Ireland and the United Emirates come over to compete.
Nathan's first event was the 200m Breaststroke in which he swam 2.47.94 seconds knocking 4.5 seconds off his previous best giving him a new PB. With this time Nathan was in the top ten swimmers who then went through to the final. In the final he swam 2.46.39s improving on his time again and coming 7th overall, a great achievement. Due to some of the swimmers being international this has now placed Nathan 4th in the country for the 200m Breaststroke, for his age.
Three days later Nathan competed in the 100m Breaststroke setting a time of 1.18.37s in the heats, which just got him through to the finals. In the final he swam 1.16.69s giving him yet another personal best and a finish of 7th place. This has placed him 3rd in the country for his age in the 100m Breaststroke.
This has been a massive achievement for Nathan and his hard training during the year has certainly paid off.
New Sixth Former Imogen Skipper will soon be taking time out to travel to Poland to compete in the World Under 21 Karate Championships in Szczecin.
At the recent AMA (Amateur Martial Association) national karate squad selections, Imogen won her full senior England badge and can now display the prestigious ‘Three Lions’ logo on her karategi (karate uniform).
The 16-year-old Blacksnape athlete is already competing at senior level – as well as in her own 15-17 years category – and recently fought Senior European Champion Amy Davies of South Wales to a draw on her own turf in Cardiff.
Imogen has just competed in the North West Open in Bury, where again she is fought both in the 15-17 category and in the senior division.
This tournament is one step in her preparations for the World Under 21 Championships in October.
This will be her second trip to Poland this year as she recently undertook the ‘World Challenge’ trek in the Tatra Mountains shortly after completing her GCSE exams.