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Summer Sporting Updates

Hockey

Seven High School hockey stars were selected to compete in the U14 Inter-District Tournament at the National Hockey Academy in Edinburgh last month. The tournament saw eight sides involved, covering the regions of Scotland - West, South West, East, South, Midlands, Highland, North and a combined team made up from West/East/Midlands players.

Alex Jones, Anna Smith (both S2) (above left), Zara Kennedy and Jessica Mitchell (both S1) (above right) were part of the victorious West District side who defeated their counterparts from the South district in a closely contested final. Ellie Murphy (S2) and Lucy Sillars (S1) also competed for the East/West/Midlands Combined side, whilst Maia Gillespie (S2) represented the South West District team.

Meanwhile, Lucy Williamson (S4), Georgia Crooks and Charlotte Simmers (both S3) were all selected as part of two Scotland U16 squads who competed in matches against Ulster U17 and U16 sides in Belfast this weekend.

Sailing

Gordon Sivarajan (S3) (pictured below left) finished second overall in a recent qualifier at Rutland Water for the UK Laser 4.7 World Championships squad. He therefore continues as part of the RYA UK National Junior Squad who will head to Belgium for this summer’s World Championships. In addition, on the strength of his progress, Gordon has been invited to be part of the RYA Scotland Elite Programme for the 2017/18 season.

His younger brother Alex (Trans) (pictured below right) continues to be part of the RYA Scotland Development Team for Optimist sailing and is part of the Scottish Squad for the British National Championships this summer. Earlier this year he was part of Team Scotland at the 2017 Eric Twiname Championships, a competition between teams from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and six 'zones' from England.
 

Powerboating

Oban Duncan (Trans) (pictured below) regained her Scottish Junior powerboat title after winning the Scottish RYA Honda Championships in Queensferry. This regional event acted as a qualifier for the national final that will be held in Southampton in September. Before then, Oban will compete at the UK P1 Offshore Powerboat Championships in Greenock this weekend.

Badminton

Akshat Gupta (Trans) and Zu-An Chen (J6) represented the School in the Scottish Primary School Badminton Championships at Bell's Sports Centre, Perth on Saturday 6th May. Akshat and Zu-An teamed together to win Gold in the Boys' Doubles competition, with Akshat also taking home a Bronze medal in the Boys' Singles competition.

Rowing

In the Scottish Schools' Championships at Strathclyde Park earlier this month, Natalie Smart (S5) won Gold in the J18 Eights, while Ciara Rogers (S3) won Silver in the J14 Singles and Quads and Bronze in the J14 Doubles.

Triathlon

Representing Fusion Triathlon Club, Transitus pupil Fergus Currie competed excellently at the Strathclyde Park Triathlon Festival in late May to win the Tristar 2 race by a single second! Fergus led after the initial 0.3km swimming stage of the event, but fell narrowly behind after the 5.5km cycle. However, he was able to claw back the leader in the 1.5km run and overcame him to finish first in a time of 23 minutes exactly. Fergus will now go forward to represent Scotland in the Inter-Regional Championships at Mallory Park, Leicestershire, on 28th August.

Fergus, alongside sisters Anya (S1) and Coryn MacLean (J6), also competed at the ITU World Triathlon in Leeds. Fergus finished in sixth in the Tristar 2 Boys' race, only 30 seconds behind the overall winner, with Anya and Coryn finishing 17th and 21st in the Tristar 3 Girls' and Tristar 2 Girls races, respectively.
 

Football

The U15 Girls' team competed excellently to finish in joint third position at the Scottish Schools' Finals on Tuesday 6th June. The only independent school to reach the Scottish Finals, the girls won three and lost two matches on the day, narrowly missing out on top spot in their group and the chance to play in the final.

Elsewhere, Mhairi Crooks (S3) was invited to represent the SFA West Region at their U16 National Performance Camp at Tulliallan last weekend and Finn McRobb (S3) represented Celtic U15s as they competed against teams from throughout Europe in a tournament in Großenkneten, Germany in early June. After a successful weekend, his Celtic side defeated Pallokerho Keski-Uusimaa of Finland to finish third overall.

Tennis

The High School Senior Boys' Tennis team of Euan Gibson-Smith (S6), Matthew Gibson-Smith, Mark Ward and Thomas Whitelaw (all S4) recorded a comfortable 6-0 victory over Mackie Academy in the semi-final of a rain-drenched Scottish Schools Team Championships on Thursday 8th June...so rain-drenched in fact, that the final could not take place!

Therefore, they took on The Tennis Academy, Merchiston Castle School, in the final a few days later at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre in Edinburgh. The team, with the addition of Conor McGrath Williams (S4), fought hard but eventually lost out to an extremely strong Merchiston side.

Back in May at the High School Invitation Tennis Tournament, the girls' team of Sammy Bell (S6), Zara Hyslop, Claudie Quinn (both S3), Charlotte Sim (S2), Aimee Anderson and Katie McCall (both S1) overcame opposition from The Glasgow Academy, St George's School, Craigholme School, Hutchesons' Grammar School, Jordanhill School, George Watson's College and Lomond School to be crowned overall winners. Charlotte and Zara also won the U15 section.

Cricket

The 1st VI were runners up at The Glasgow Academy Sixes tournament earlier this month, losing narrowly to George Watson's College in a competitive final.

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