On Thursday 15th October Chaloner Hall was packed with over 150 students and their parents for the annual King James´s Sports Presentation evening - a lively celebration of sporting commitment and success.
The event was organised and led by members of the Sports Council, who wrote and presented reviews of the sporting year. Awards were given in recognition of individual students´ achievement; improvement and commitment, and team successes were highlighted and celebrated.
Notable successes included football, where the Under 15’s girls reached the last 32 in the National Cup and the Year 8 boys won the area cup. The Year 8 Hockey team won the area tournament, becoming area champions. In Athletics, King James’s had another successful year with many impressive team and individual performances. In the Schools Cup County Round, the junior girls finished third and the boys fourth, which took them to the regional B final, where they finished second. The Year 9 and 10 boys finished second in the County Round, taking them to the Regional A-final.
In addition, an impressive number of students gained representative honours at area, county, regional and even national level in 2014/15. Matthew Keogh has recently put pen to paper on a two year scholarship deal at Leeds United with a view to earning a professional contract by summer 2018. Matt Livesey has made his Yorkshire debut in Sheffield, and is the first student who has represented Yorkshire in basketball from King James’s School.
Awards were also given to a boy and girl of both Lower School and Middle School, who the PE Department felt had excelled the most in extra-curricular sport, whilst at the same time showing superb attitude and commitment to Physical Education at King James’s. These went to Hollie Wells and Max Bachellerie in Lower School, and Elizabeth Weatherill and Jack Brennan in Middle School.
Guest of honour for the evening was Alex Foster, a former student and professional rugby league player for London Broncos. Alex participated in a Q&A session led by the sports council. Alex outlined a typical training session, discussed his short and long-term goal and emphasised the importance of staying focused. Alex identified Mr Hall and Mr Wilson as the members of staff he would choose to play alongside if he had to select a King James’s teacher.
Congratulations and well done to all students for a fantastic sporting year!