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Hounsdown Alumnus Makes Six Nations Debut
Former Hounsdown student David Sisi made an impressive debut at Twickenham for his first Six Nations competition. The 26 year old flanker played his first senior international games for Italy, who unfortunately came 6th in the league overall.
David was a passionate player from the beginning, taking part in Hounsdown training sessions regularly when he was a student.
We are all incredibly proud of David's achievements and wish him all the best for his future endeavors.
Jay's Swimming Success
Congratulations to Jay Turner who competed in the ASA Hampshire County Swimming Competition last weekend. Jay made the final in all of his his heats, coming 5th in the 200m breaststroke, 4th in the 100m breaststroke and 3rd in the 50m breaststroke achieving an impressive time of 32.32 seconds.
The school are very proud of Jay and hope that he continues to succeed in his sporting events.
Hounsdown Takes The Crown (Again) At Poetry Slam
Hounsdown students Summer Cove, Jake Dawkins, Jamie Sly and Alex Davies were all magnificent at the Poetry Slam on Thursday night. Hounsdown brought the team trophy home once again, with Jake only just missing out on the top individual spot.
Congratulations to all of the students involved and a special thank you to Matt West, Mrs Bancroft, Miss Newton and Miss Nobes for their support.
Hounsdown's Rock Challenge Success
Congratulations to all of the students and staff who participated in yesterdays Rock Challenge at Southampton Guildhall. After a brilliant performance Hounsdown only just missed out on the runner up spot, coming 3rd in the heat.
Just under 100 Hounsdown performers, technical assistants and staff took part in the regional heat of Rock Challenge UK.
Rock Challenge® is an educational and aspirational performing arts competition for students in government and non-government secondary schools, that show young people how they can achieve a ‘natural high’ without the use of tobacco, alcohol or other substances. It communicates health and social education messages to teenagers in a positive and supportive environment.
A school’s entry into Rock Challenge® is an original piece of work involving dance, design and drama which reflects the personalities, concerns, hopes, dreams and interests of those who create it. Each school forms a team which decides on a theme, selects the medley of soundtracks and designs the choreography, sets and costumes. Themes can range from the real to the surreal but must be original.
The team rehearses their choreography and staging, builds sets, manufactures costumes and raises funds for the production.
- Rock Challenge UK Website
DPS Raipur Wins International Schools Award
Our partner school, Delhi Public School Raipur, has been presented with the International Schools Award for the second time by British Council.
We at Hounsdown extend our congratulations to Principal Raghunath Mukherjee, the staff and the students at DPS Raipur.
Fantastic Flo Wins Design Competition
Back in June, Y7 student Flo won a Blue Peter competition to design a 3D dragon to sit on the Great Pergoda at Kew Gardens. Out of over 9000 entries Flo's design was chosen and will be produced over the next 6 months.
Year 7 Excel at Sportshall CompetitionTwelve of our Y7 students travelled to Testwood to take part in the New Forest Sportshall Athletics competition. Both the girls and boys teams competed in areas including running, jumping and throwing events such as 1 lap, 2 lap, 3 lap races and a relay, ball push, shot putt, target throw, long jump, triple jump and speed bounce.
All performed spectacularly, with the girls bringing home gold and boys taking the silver medal declaring Hounsdown the overall winners. Congratulations to Holly, Keira, Lucy, Amy, Eva, Daisy, Ethan, Lewis, Jack, Jacob, Osarodion and Tom!
Year 8 Ordnance Survey Trip
On Wednesday 15th November 12 year 8 students took part in the OS GIS day (Geographic Information Systems) Where they learned about how GIS is used by planners, the police and a range of other organisations. Students saw how maps were made, used virtual reality headsets and took part in group activities.
The OS made us feel very welcome with refreshments and a goodie bag for each student. Thanks to Mr Bailey (a Hounsdown parent) for inviting our students to this enjoyable day.
Half Term Duolingo Winners!
We are incredibly impressed with the amount of pupils who have already signed up to Duolingo.
Mrs Warren and the rest of the MFL department have been using Duolingo as a tool to help students with learning another language. Students who sign up have the opportunity to earn points, with the highest achievers receiving certificates and prizes at the end of term.
Over 200 students have signed up so far; Priya, Naomi, Jeanie, Alex and Mark are currently at the top of their year group leaderboards.
Duolingo Club runs on a Tuesday lunchtime.
Year 9 Success at Hampshire Rugby Festival
Well done to all players in the Year 9 rugby team. They managed to finish 8th out of 25 teams participating at the Hampshire Rugby Festival, with 3 wins 2 draws and 2 defeats.
A great effort considering four team members were playing their first ever game of rugby.
Tilly's Triumph at the Mayflower
World Challenge Borneo Trip
Hounsdown Takes The Crown At Poetry Slam
After a five year battle, Hounsdown has won both the Individual Senior Prize and also the Team Prize at the Wessex Schools Literary Festival Poetry Slam 2017.
22 students from participating schools performed their own poems in front of the judging panel and an audience filled with supporters.
Hounsdown students Lucas Ball, Summer Cove, Jake Dawkins, Annie Elliot, Hannah Gordon and Tom Wilson all performed spectacularly on the night, with Lucas declared the individual winner.
Congratulations to all of the students involved and a special thank you to Matt West, Mrs Allderidge, Mrs Bancroft and Miss Nobes for their support.
Following the school’s recent inspection and publication of its inspection report, Hounsdown school has not only gained Outstanding in all four Ofsted judgements, the school has also been ranked in the top 20% of all national schools for students’ attainment and progress. Students’ progress in Maths put the school in the top 10% of schools nationally and 1st in Hampshire state schools.
Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. Pupils conduct themselves extremely well in lessons and around the school. They are confident, polite and welcoming to visitors and justly proud of their school
- Ofsted, March 2017
Mrs Turvey said, "We are obviously thrilled with our report and the judgement made; however, we are not complacent and will continue to improve, as we live by the mantra, 'Getting better never stops'."
Hounsdown School has also been nationally recognised for its exceptional 2016 performance by the national Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT). Hounsdown is in the top 20% of non-selective schools nationally for attainment and progress.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said, "It’s my great pleasure to commend Hounsdown School on their excellent 2016 performance, and to have the opportunity to highlight and share their great work at an SSAT Educational Outcomes celebration event. We know how hard teachers work to ensure the success of every child."
Congratulations again to all students and staff who made this result possible!
Hounsdown's Got Talent 2017
On Tuesday 9th May students from a range of year groups took to the stage to exhibit some of the talent Hounsdown has to offer. Auditions were held in March and a staggering 13 acts made it through to the finals.
There was an incredibly lively audience who showered each act with support and appreciation, boosting confidence throughout the evening.
After everyone had performed, the judging panel had the tough decision of declaring a 2017 winner. After much deliberation Year 10 students Josh Smith and Craig Hookings were crowned Hounsdown's Got Talent 2017 champions.
To close the show, the audience was treated to an encore of Craig and Josh's own song, Three Dimensional, performed on the electric guitar and drums.
Congratulations to all who took part in Hounsdowns Got Talent 2017.
Satellite Rowing Club Launched
On Wednesday 25th January Hounsdown School were delighted to host the 2004 and 2008 Rowing Olympic Silver medallist Debbie Flood to the school. Debbie wanted to convey the CAN DO attitude and determination to students from Hounsdown School and other visiting schools.
As a result of her visit, the school has now been given 10 Concept 2 rowers and have launched a rowing Satellite Club. This is being led by Terry Woolford, Coach from Solent Rowing Academy. On the first day of the club’s launch, all 20 places were full and there is now a waiting list to take part.
To read the Daily Echo coverage of this story, please click here
Hounsdown Student Wows in Oliver! Production
Congratulations to Joe Mawby who recently played the part of Oliver in a professional production.
The National Operatic and Dramatic Association said that "At twelve years old, he overshadowed many of the cast with (his) acting abilities", which is a fantastic achievement.
We hope that Joe continues to showcase his talent and that we hear many more positive reviews in the future.
Hounsdown Enjoys a Taste of China
Hounsdown Girls Wow at Show Jumping Event
Amelia long, Holly Wilde and Nicola Denness competed in their first event as a team at West Wiltshire Equestrian Center on Saturday 25th February.
Amelia and Holly entered the 70-75cm class which had over 65 competitors. Both girls worked extremely hard; Amelia was placed 7th
and Holly was just out of the placing.
Nicola took part in the 90-95 along with 35 of her competitors. She had a brilliant run but sadly tipped the top pole off of the last jump.
The three girls also entered the 80-85cm as a team and performed fantastically on a tricky course full of show jumps and x country jumps. Holly had one of the fasted times of the day however the team unfortunately were not in the final placing.
All three of the Hounsdown students enjoyed taking part in the competition and did an amazing job.
After four months of hard work, time and effort into the Rock Challenge performance, Hounsdown School managed to secure second position. This is the first year Hounsdown have entered this competition and have outshone themselves in beating 8 other schools within the Southern Region. As well as securing second place, we also won awards for excelling in the following: Set design, Lighting design, Stage crew management, Entertainment, Costume design, Visual enhancement, Video enhancement and Performance skills. All pupils involved in Rock Challenge were a credit to the school and should be very proud of themselves. Well done team Hounsdown!
- Miss Hayes
Hounsdown students competed against seven other Hampshire schools on Friday 10th February, in the first ABP Maths Challenge at the Port of Southampton.The competition was designed to allow students to apply broader aspects of mathematical thought processes rather than simply to do the same sort of questions they will see in their GCSE exams.
ABP’s Head of Port Operations, Beth Evans-Gay, said that she was "delighted to support the talent of the future", through the competition.
The Hounsdown team placed second overall, with Noadswood School emerging the winners. Congratulations to all of the teams that took part.
Debbie Flood Visits Hounsdown School
Hounsdown School were invited to host the Olympic Silver medallist Debbie Flood.
Debbie is a renowned rower who started her sporting career by competing in Judo. She later decided she wanted to try rowing and was the only student in her school to become interested in this sport. After constantly trying to improve she was told by her coach that she would never make it as a successful rower; Debbie’s motivation and determination to succeed set in.
With a few supportive words from her father, Debbie decided that she would focus on rowing as she enjoyed it so much. She moved to London and started a new club with new coaches and quickly developed into the successful athlete she is now known for. There was no stopping her!
Debbie wanted to instil this attitude and determination into the PE students at Hounsdown and explained how the Olympic and Paralympic values not only help success in sport, they help support a happy and successful life. The Olympic values of Friendship, Respect and Excellence and the Paralympic values of Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality can be of relevance in every aspect of everyday life. Debbie applied these values to her training and life, focusing on the importance of commitment and achieving.
She believes that as everyone is a novice when they start something; it is only with practice and perseverance that you get better and your progress will depend on what you are willing to put into something.The importance of having balance is of great significance to Debbie. Debbie linked this to her sporting career and the need to balance rest and training but explained the connection of this in life. Having to have enjoyment, study, discipline, make the right choices, and have friends and work and what impact these choices can have on each individual.
Students at the event were encouraged to ask questions and had the opportunity to try on the silver medal from Athens 2004 and hold the Olympic Torch from London 2012. Reasons for the number of holes, sides and carriers of the torch were explained to the students.After numerous autographs and photographs a very inspiring Athlete departed leaving a thought provoking and positive vibe and instilling awe and motivation into all of the students involved.
Hounsdown Year 11 Celebrate 4-0 Win Against Cornwall
Congratulations to the Hounsdown Year 11 football team who celebrated a 4 - 0 win against Cornwall on the 31st January. A fantastic performance from the Hounsdown boys means they now progress to the next round of the National Cup.
Hounsdown Success At Table Tennis Competition
Well done to all of the Hounsdown students who participated in the New forest Individual Table Tennis Competition on Friday 27th January.
Matthew Emm, Alex Smith, Jack Carrett and Ben Hounsell all took part against other New Forest Schools. Ben Hounsell went on to win the event.
House Christmas Charity Food Donation
From the 28th November to 9th December Hounsdown students were encouraged to donate food items for Totton Basics Bank. Over the 10 school days they collected well over 1000 items, a total of 36 boxes of donations going to those less fortunate this Christmas.
Year 7 Raise £1000 for Charity
"Year 7 managed to raise over £1000 for Lepra. Lepra is a charity helping children all around the world who suffer from Leprosy.
Those pictured raised £25 or more and are celebrating their success with Dawn Williams from Lepra.
A fantastic achievement which will help change the lives of many children around the World - well done everyone!"
Mr Parker - Year Leader
Emily Martin - Diving – GB Selection for World Junior Diving Championships 2016
Hounsdown Student Dances To Success In Blackpool
Harry Tasker in 7IC recently went to Blackpool for a weekend to participate in The British Freestyle Dance Championships and walked away with 3 national titles;
1st place - British solo champion
1st place - British pairs champion
Runner up - British slow champion
The competition was held at the winter gardens in Blackpool and had a huge number of entrants from all around the country, so to win two events was an incredible achievement.
Hounsdown is immensely proud to have a British champion in our school!
Fantastic Win For Year 10 Football Team
The Year 10 Football Team proved themselves a credit to the school yesterday after an outstanding turnaround against a Mountbatten side in the Hampshire Cup.
The Hounsdown team came from 0-3 down with 15 minutes left to go, to draw 3-3 with a last gap equaliser. They eventually won on penalties.
The team displayed the sportsmanship and conduct that we as a school stand for and pride ourselves upon; they didn't let their heads drop or give up, they dug deep and they supported each other throughout. The team got exactly what their efforts deserved and are a credit to the school.
Congratulations to the following team members:
Ellis Jones (Captain)
Badminton Success For Lauren Wright
Lauren Wright travelled to Birmingham last weekend for the DSA National Badminton and Boccia Tournament. There were no Boccia medals for Lauren this year but she did progress to the quarter finals in the junior singles and to the semi-finals in the junior team event. The junior girls badminton faired better for Lauren and she came away with a gold in the singles and a silver in the doubles. Congratulations to Lauren for her continued success.
U-14 Boys Football Team Make It 2 Wins Out Of 2 In Our New Premier League Kit
Art In The Gardens Competition
A selection of Hounsdown students created a fantastic art installation last term as part of the Art in the Gardens competition. Art and Photography teacher Miss Jones wrote a piece on the project for The National Society for Education in Art and Design's AD Magazine. You can read the full article here.
Success at UK Youth Development League Finals
Year 9 pupil Jack McDonald has impressed once again after winning two bronze medals at the UK Youth Development League Finals on Saturday.
Year 10 boys football team remains undefeated.
The year 10 boys football team carried on their successful season by proving they are not only the best team in the New Forest but the best team in Hampshire as they won the Hampshire 6 a-side competition. The boys played 9 games in total and won all 9 games beating Wildern in the final 5-1. The tournament was played in heavy rain but the students conducted themselves superbly, shaking hands with every player and referee at the end of each game and thanked the organisers at the end of the competition. Despite winning some games very easily in the group stages there was not one hint of arrogance and they showed the up-most respect for every opponent.
U-15 New Forest Tennis Champions; (L-R) Lucy Salter, James Elsworth, Harry Fitchet and Connor Rhodes
Exchange visit by DPS Teachers
Hounsdown School were delighted to host two teachers from DPS, Raipur, Mr Rohit Shukkla and Mr Harish Waati from the 4th June until 15th June. Mr Rohit Shukkla is a Hindi teacher at DPS and he worked with a group of Year 8 students to teach them a Hindi poem. Mr Harish Waati is a very talented dancer and dance teacher. He delighted us with some classical Indian dance and taught students some classical dance as well as the livelier Bollywood style dance in lessons. Both teachers had the opportunity to visit and contribute to a wide range of lessons from Ethics and Beliefs to Catering, Maths and Languages.
During their visit the two teachers were taken to see local sites as well as a trip to London and Oxford. Thank you to the Davies family and Roger family, who were involved in the student exchange earlier this year, for taking our visitors out and about as well.
Here are a few words from the teachers:
Visit to Hounsdown Science College: A Report
Hounsdown is an outstanding school. Learning and success are at the heart of this very inclusive school that puts the needs of all of its pupils first. Outstanding teaching fully engages and enthuses pupils. Pupils know and use their challenging targets extremely well. They respond exceptionally well to the effective guidance on how to improve and appreciate the support that is provided that significantly contributes to their excellent progress. The curriculum is outstanding because it is innovative and varied. Behaviour of the learners both in lessons and around school is excellent and pupils are courteous towards each other, staff and visitors. They feel very safe in school because they receive extremely high standards of care and support through the excellent pastoral system. Pupils are also given very good opportunities to take on responsibility and develop leadership skills.
The outstanding leadership of Mrs. Turvey ensures that significant progress has been made improving the quality of teaching and learning and in developing leadership at all levels.
We would like to let you know that we enjoyed the time we spent with you on our first visit. We would like to thank you for making us feel so welcome and for sharing your views with us in meetings, lessons and around the school. We are very thankful to the parents Ms. Roger and Mr. Davis for spending their valuable time with us.
Diver for Southampton Diving Academy
Southampton Diving Academy Diver Emily Martin recently travelled to Bergen, Norway and returned home with a clean sweep of four gold medals. The year 10 Hounsdown Pupil dominated the Girls 14/15years age group.
Emily was only just returning from a 5 month injury which frustratingly restricted her training and even kept her out of the diving pool at times. She travelled just days after a disappointing British National Junior Elites in Plymouth, where she was also fighting a virus, here she managed to make the final, but was then unable to demonstrate her best diving and missed out on a medal but still achieved a creditable British top 6 finish. Emily then picked herself up and travelled to The Bergen Open International in Norway after a few days' rest.
Emily’s first event was Synchro, where she and her partner competed in the 14-18 age group. Despite very little training together they demonstrated some superb diving to snatch the gold. Emily then went on to achieve 1st place finishes in both the 1 metre and 3 metre springboard events. Emily’s most admirable achievement of the weekend was in the platform event where she performed some consistently exceptional diving, laudable of any Junior International diver, attracting score of 8’s, comfortably winning this event with a massive margin of over 40 points between herself and silver place.
Emily is now preparing to travel to Barcelona in July where, she will again, come up against several international divers from all over Europe and hopes return with similar success.
LAMDA Public Speaking Award
Many congratulations to our Year 10 More Able and Talented group who made some fantastic achievements with the LAMDA Public Speaking Award. The group achieved 2 merits and a fantastic 13 distinctions. A special mention goes to Amy Wassell who achieved an outstanding 98% in her exam and also congratulations to Chloe Stanfield who gained her bronze medal in acting with a distinction.
Ruby Layram finalist at The Music in Beaulieu Awards
Ruby performed as a finalist on Sunday at the prestigious Music at Beaulieu Awards Competition. She was delighted to be awarded as runner up in the competition. The standard was really high this year so to gain 2nd place is amazing and very well deserved, considering the amount of hard work she has put in. Well done Ruby!
Hampshire Athletics Championships
Student Exchange - India 2016
Race for Life 2016
Ruby Layram 10WH has recently won the Woodwind Grade 8 Recital Sections at both the Southampton Music Festival and The New Milton Music Festival. This is no easy task and we are very proud of her. Ruby is a 'Hub Scholar' awarded to her by Hampshire Music Service for musicians showing exceptional ability. She has held this award for 5 years.
She has been a finalist at 'Music at Beaulieu Junior Award' for the past 2 years and again is performing as a finalist in this year's competition at the end of May. Ruby was given 'The Robert Lewin Scholarship' from Awards for Young Musicians which has enabled her to attend master classes from a professional clarinetist.
Ruby currently is grade 8 standard on clarinet but also plays flute and piano. She is a member of Hampshire County Youth Ensemble, having toured the Czech Republic with them.
England Schools Atheltics Championship Success
Jack McDonald 8JE was recently selected to represent Hampshire at the England Schools Atheltics Championships in Manchester. His primary event was for the 4-lap race . He won his heat and then came 2nd in the final – so 2nd in the country. He acheived a personal best in the Shot Put (9.39m), and came 7th out of 22 competitors. His relay team did not make the final but the Hampshire boys came 2nd overall. Jack should be immensely proud of his achievements.
The future is bright!
Congratulations to Elizabeth Cole Year 11 who has been awarded a place to study Performing Arts at the prestigious "Italian Conti Academy of Theatre Arts" in Guildford. Elizabeth has been heavily involved in many school productions at Hounsdown such as We Will Rock You and Hairspray.
Ellis has been competing in the National ABA Junior Boxing championship and on Saturday 5th March he won his bout against the reigning national champion to win the Southern Area title. He is through to the quarter finals, which places him in the last 8 boys in the country which is a fantastic achievement.
Jon Dibben Ex Student Becomes World Champion
On Saturday 5th March 2016 Jon Dibben (22 years old) an ex student at Hounsdown won gold at World Championships in the point race for cycling. He also won Silver in the team pursuit.
We wish him luck and hope he achieves gold in Rio at the Olympic Games this summer.
Hounsdown Students reach Semi Final!
The ifs Student Investor Challenge is an online investment and share dealing competition. Three teams from Hounsdown have been successful in reaching the semi-final stage of this international competition from over 10,000 teams. They have successfully qualified within the top 500 beating teams from grammar schools, 6th form colleges and private schools such as Eton.
The students are...
Team - Kaizen
Archie ClarksonJack DorlingJamie Le Bas
Team - Wagwan Breadrin
India GannawayJo SawyerMatt CroweZak Matthews
Team - WannadoBisniz
They will have to try to predict share prices in the next stage of the competition and earn points based on how accurate they have been. The teams with the most points will go through to the final. If they qualify for the final in April, and if they win the whole competition they get to go to New York on an all-expense paid educational trip. They also would win prizes of £2000 for their school and £200 for each team member! Once again a big congratulations to all of the students involved, as they have been running their own portfolios independent from teacher involvement and have worked very well. I look forward to seeing how they compete in the next stage of the competition!
G C Young
Business & Enterprise Leader
Charity Fundraiser: Hannah Gordon
On the last day of term before Christmas, Year 9 student Hannah Gordon went to extreme measures to raise awareness of the work done by the Teenage Cancer Trust. In front of her entire Year Group in assembly, Hannah had her almost waist length blonde hair cut off then shaved in order to raise sponsorship money and also donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust. In an inspiring and selfless act, Hannah has raised the profile of the excellent work carried out by these 2 organisations whilst providing inspiration for students and staff alike.
Hannah said afterwards; "I have shaved my hair off to raise awareness of the effects of chemotherapy, the treatment for cancer. I wanted to raise money for a charity that is close to my heart, Teenage Cancer Trust.
My mum works with teenagers with cancer, on a ward built by the charity I am supporting. I was inspired by the stories she has told me over the years of how being diagnosed with cancer completely turns your life upside down and the lives of the people around you.
My original aim, which I did not expect to reach, was £400. However, I have so far risen over £850, and we’re still going! The response has been incredible, with countless comments of how inspiring I am, with comments on Instagram and Facebook. I also donated my blonde, very long hair to the Little Princess Trust, who make wigs for children who have lost their hair through chemotherapy."
School Production 2015: We Will Rock You
Hounsdown School students have graced the stage with their outstanding production of We Will Rock You. The cast have performed to an audience of over 1000 people and have received some exceptional reviews.
We Will Rock You has been the most wonderful experience for the students and the staff alike. The show is truly ‘full scale’ with endless musical numbers requiring some tricky harmonies and choreography to match. The actors have enjoyed developing some complex and exciting characters and I have been thoroughly impressed with the work ethic and determination of so many of our cast.
Hounsdown School is a haven of talent and it is great to be able to give students the opportunity to showcase their talent in such a prestigious manner. I would like to personally thank the staff involved for giving up hours of their time and expertise to coach and develop the young performers. There is no way that a show like this could come together without such committed and talented staff behind the students the whole way.
I would like to take this opportunity to mention our lead cast who I believe have been amongst the most talented group that we have ever worked with. Amy Long [Scaramouche] has never failed to impress with her unwavering focus and talented vocals and Charlie Hatchett [Gallileo] has managed to grip his audiences with his outstanding character and truly talented singing voice. Similarly, Chloe Stanfield [Killer Queen] and Toby Stanney [Khashoggi] have developed the most hilarious characterisations with impressive vocals to match. Last mention is to Elizabeth Cole [Meat] and Matt Murphy [Britney] who have risen to the challenge as they have taken on lead roles for the first time to create excellent performances.
We look forward to inviting you to our next performance! Mrs Kirsty Hibberd, Producer
Hounsdown School is proud to be the home of some of Hampshire’s finest young sports people. The achievements of the students is a credit to their dedication and drive in their chosen sport, whilst also juggling the demands of their studies so well
“Going for Gold” – Emily Martin
Hounsdown School’s Year 10 student Emily Martin uses Tom Daley as her role model when balancing her school work and diving training. Tom Daley left school with outstanding grades in addition to producing some great achievements in the diving pool, and Emily hopes to do the same.
Last Summer Emily competed for the Junior GB team at an International meeting in Dresden, Germany and in the Junior European Diving Championships in Russia, finishing 4th in the Platform Preliminary and 7th in the Finals competing against top divers from across Europe.
The 14 year old secured her place in the GB team last April when she attended The British Junior Elite Championships 2015 in Plymouth. She competed in three disciplines, 1m Springboard, 3m Springboard and Platform. She performed an outstanding set of dives on all three boards and despite some very strong competition finished 1st on 1m, 2nd on 3m and 2nd on Platform, emerging as the top girl in the 14-15 years age category.
Emily’s diving career didn’t start like many of her competitors, diving clubs in recent years have established links with schools and gym clubs to identify children who show the potential to become top divers, however, Emily started diving when she was six after her parents took her along to a ‘taster ‘session at The Quays in Southampton. Southampton Diving Academy soon spotted her potential and invited her to try out for the club and her love for the sport has grown year on year.
Emily has had a steady career, spanning from South East Regional Champion to, more recently, British National Junior Elite Champion. She started by diving once a week and, as she progressed through the levels, her training has increased. She now trains, on average 18 hours a week - a combination of dry gym, strength and conditioning and pool work. She also assists with coaching the current talent identification divers and lesson programme children.
As an athlete on the Hampshire talented Athlete Scheme Emily has recently visited several local Junior Schools delivering assemblies entitled ‘Aspirations and Resilience.’ These were received with great enthusiasm including requests for her autograph.
Emily is currently preparing for her next competition, in February; she will compete at British Seniors with Olympic divers such as Tom Daley, Jack Laugher and Tonia Couch. Her preparation has involved learning two new 10m dives which she recently competed in Berlin, Germany with successful results and winning a gold medal.
“Skiing Maestro” Morgan Welbourne Jones
Morgan trains at Snowtrax in Dorset twice a week and primarily competes in Slalom Ski Races but he has also competed in Freestyle competitions. Morgan travels around the South Coast for competitions and also went to Ireland this year where he had a great weekend to become the Irish Open and European Under 12 Boys Champion. Morgan spent October half term in The Netherlands where he trained for a week indoors on artificial snow in preparation for his first race on the mountains in Italy next February.
“All Round Champion” Lauren Wright
Lauren competed in the annual Dwarf Sports Association (DSA) National Badminton & Boccia competition in October. Lauren entered the junior pairs and junior team Boccia and the junior singles and junior pairs Badminton. This was the second year that Lauren has entered into the competition and her improvement in both events really shone through. Lauren and her partner achieved a bronze medal in the pairs Boccia and Lauren achieved gold medals in both the singles and pairs badminton. This follows last year’s success, when Lauren achieved 7 gold and 3 silver medals. Her gold medals were in Shot Putt, Discus, 40m Sprint, Basketball, 50m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle and 25m Butterfly and her silver medals were in Hockey, 60m Sprint Relay and Table Tennis.