Our sports hall was filled with enthusiasm and energy on Friday, when schools from across the North of Cumbria came together to compete in the North Cumbria Schools’ Boccia Competition. There were 12 teams in all, from five schools: Workington Academy, Netherhall, Cumbria Academy, Mayfield and William Howard. All the students had a wonderful day and played some fantastic Boccia.
The competition consisted of two pools, and as the semi-finals and finals took place, the teams which hadn’t progressed this far continued to play against each other in friendly games.
William Howard entered three teams. They all played really well but only our first team made it through to the latter stages of the competition – coming away with Gold! This team, along with a team from Cumbria Academy and Netherhall, will now go on to compete in the County Competition on 24th November at Penrith Leisure Centre where they will meet the three winners from the South of Cumbria.
WHS Learning Support Teaching Assistant and WHS Boccia Coach, Mrs Croucher, said: “It was lovely to see how supportive all the students were of each other.”
A huge well done to all our students – Kai Lee, Levi Farish-Coombes, Riley Morley, Summer Dawes, Emily Kennon, Samuel Kileen-McGuirk, Nicky Errington, Eve Palmer, Summer Curtis, Sarah Wallace and Andrew Kyle.
High-five to our Year 9 Sports Leaders – Alexandra Jamieson, Jess Watson, Maddison Waggot, Charlotte Chalmers, Annie Hogg, Lilly Milburn, Finlay Gordon, Finley Phiillips, Oliver Tinning, Declan Cameron, Jack McViety, and Ashley Vickers. Without their support, the event wouldn’t have been possible. They officiated brilliantly and were a real credit to the school.
A big thank you also to former student Connor Dixon, now on the England pathway, who returned to school as an ambassador for the sport of Boccia and supported the leaders with the officiating.
Finally, a huge thank you also to the Panathlon Organisation for supporting the competition and Hilary Stephenson from the Youth Sports Trust and Hannah Paling of HP Activities who travelled all the way from Ulverston to run the event.