Golfing triumphs for Matt and Ian

Making a splash ... part 1

Eight Year 11 students took part in the Ross Warland Memorial Relay Canal Challenge on the last Sunday in November. Organised by the Banbury & District Canoe Club, the challenge sees paddlers competing in a 20-mile relay starting and finishing at Cropredy Wharf. Tom and Tilly took Leg 1, Amy and Clarrie Leg 2, Freddie and Eloise Leg 4 with Tom and Paige completing the final leg, coming home in a combined time of four hours 55 minutes. The students enjoyed a week of paddling during their Curriculum Enrichment Week activities in July and this term have been taking tuition from BDCC as part of their GCSE practical grade PE options. Having just completed a six-week block of training, the Ross Warland Memorial Challenge was their first formal competition. PE teacher Ali Warrillow said: “They all did fantastically and, as relative new comers to the sport, represented the school brilliantly, coming in

fourth overall.” • The race is held in memory of Ross Warland and other young people who don’t have the opportunity to reach their full potential in life. Ross, who died of bone cancer in 2000 at the age of 21, had been an active and popular member of Banbury & District Canoe Club since the age of eight.

Making a splash ... part 2

Ian and Matt

It’s been a tee-rific term for Year 11 pupil Matthew who has enjoyed some highly successful days on the golf course! In September, he played at Lambourne Golf Club BB&O PGA Pro-Am in a team of four golfers led by Pro Tadd Bainton. He had a great but exhausting

day ... the 18 hole round took almost seven hours after play was suspended due to the thunder and lightening! However, the team managed to play to par and came 13th out of 30 entrants. The following day, Matt was at his Cotswolds Club in Chipping Norton for tee off at 7.50am for the Club Junior Championships. Eight hours and 36 holes later he

was named Junior Club Champion 2017.

As part of the Outdoor Education programme, Year 6 pupils had the opportunity to enjoy five sailing sessions at Farmoor Reservoir near Oxford. The course includes tying knots and rigging a boat. It also encourages

teamwork and provides an opportunity to study weather. All of the children achieved their Stage 1 of the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme and have made excellent progress towards Stage 2 and 3. Further sessions will take place in June 2018.

15 Another Sibford pupil who plays

for the Cotwolds Club is Ian and the pair teamed up to compete in the final of the Oxfordshire Junior League at Kirtlington Golf Club where they beat Tadmarton Heath. A fitting end to a very successful season.

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