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Autumn Sporting Updates

1 November 2016 | Tagged: Football, Rowing, Rugby, Skating, Skiing, Tennis

The nights may be getting darker, but pupils have been busier than ever during the Autumn Term, competing and succeeding in a multitude of sports.

Indoor Rowing

The High School had over twenty pupils competing at the Scottish Schools' Indoor Rowing Competition on Friday 28th October, with some excellent results for our pupils. The S4 Boys' team of Angus Barrett, Ross Flanagan, Ben Taylor and Thomas Whitelaw (pictured above) excelled to finish nearly 10 seconds clear of nearest competitors Lomond School. There were also excellent 2nd place finishes for High School teams in the Open Girls' and S5 Girls' races, and a 3rd place finish in the S4 Girls' race.

Football

After the selection of Peter Mackay (S6) for the U18 Independent Schools National Team in September, fellow S6 pupil Paul McKendry has followed in his footsteps, as he was selected for the SISFA U18 team last month.

Rugby

Sandy Greig (S4) featured in an age-grade double header, which leads towards international age-grade selection for the 2016/17 season. He represented the West U16 side in games against an East of Scotland side at Scotstoun and Netherdale. The first game at Scotstoun was won 24-12 by the East team, with the return match seeing the East side win 19-5 in Galashiels, meaning the East team took home the trophy.

Skating

Juliana Sweeney-Baird (S2) will be representing the Inclusive Skating Scotland and GB teams at international skating competitions in the very near future. She will firstly compete for the Scottish team in Iceland this weekend, before heading to Finland to represent the GB side on 8th/9th December and to Canada from 16-19th December. Juliana was crowned the British Inclusive Skating Novice Champion back in April and will be hoping to skate just as well when she represents her country and Great Britain on a world level. Good luck Juliana!

Skiing

After victories in the Primary and Secondary Autumn Dual Slalom Competitions earlier in October, the Primary and Senior 1st teams competed last week at the Autumn Dual Slalom Finals, taking place at SnoFactor, Braehead. Whilst the Senior team finished outside of the top 4 positions, the Primary side of Amy Ashton, Fergus Currie, Nial Marshall (all Trans) and Max Clark (J6) skied particularly well to finish in 3rd and pick up national Bronze medals.

Tennis

Hamish Stewart (S6) won his first ITF Junior Tennis title at the Yonex HRT Autumn Cup in mid-October in Denmark. Competing at Hørsholm Rungsted Tennis Club, just north of Copenhagen, Hamish, starting as the 11th seed at the tournament, overcame a variety of opponents from throughout Europe, culminating in an excellent straight-sets victory over Swede Mikko Malinen in the Final.

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