Sporting Highlights

January 2020

Cross country

We welcomed 87 teams to Knole Park for the prestigious Knole Run on 11 January. The girls did very well to come fifth and the boys (A team) sixth despite many runners being unable to participate due to injury and illness.

Special mentions to Jake Brislane who had a superb run to place 38th in the boys race, with Johnny Dunlop also running well to finish 68th. Congrats also to Ed Lindsay (Year 9 B team), whose position of 96 means he should have been in the A team! Alex Evans did very well, leading the girls team home in 20th but there was excellent packing and support from the rest of the team close behind her.

Our runners had lovely sun but a chilly wind for the Kent Schools’ competition. There were some superb races, notably from Eliza Muysken who finished fourth in the Year 7 girls race, Ed Lindsay who finished 11th for the junior boys and Amber Croll in 16th for the junior girls.

In the senior races, all four of our runners qualified for regionals with captains Ingmar Gunn and Meghan Watson both finishing 11th in their races, Edo Leone 12th and Bella Gomez 15th.

In the inter races, standout performances came from Alex Evans in eighth place, Fenton Davoren ninth, Fin Croll 18th and Jake Brislane (Year 10) 23rd. We hope to see them all qualify for regionals.

Curling

Oscar Petter and Helena Kiggell have been selected to compete in the England Team playdowns in April.

Louis Dunn, Charlotte Honer, Helena Kiggell, Phoebe Critchlow, Sebby Kent, Edward Brown, Esosa Otowaa, Atinuke Adetona, Charlotte and Evie Stiasny, Ines Gascoyne-Day, Millie Welch, Maggie Hunter all competed at the Open Junior Curling Championships.

Results as follows:

  • Team Kiggell – 4th
  • Team Critchlow – 5th
  • Team Dunn – 6th

Fencing 

Amelie Tsang has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Cadet (U17) European Championships (both individual and team events) in Croatia in February. 

In the inter-regional Cadet (U17) Team Winton Cup, Sophie Rayment (Sabre) and Amelie Tsang (Foil) represented South East. South East won the foil competition and finished second overall. Amelie was also awarded best female foilist.

Hockey

Paul van Velsen played with Sevenoaks Club U18s boys finished third at the National Indoor Finals losing in the semis after topping their pool unbeaten.

Knole Park Hockey Club won the U14 indoor nationals featuring Bella Munoz, Amber Croll and Summer Knight-Thompson (all Year 8).  

Rugby

Congratulations to the following players on their county selections:

  • Tom Day – U15 EPDG Saracens/Kent
  • Oli Ebsworth – U14 PDG Saracens/Kent

Skiing

We had a really successful trip to the First Snow Ski Racing Championships in Val Thorens at the start of the break. The 46 students were excellent ambassadors for the school, the staff were outstanding, and we had some brilliant top ten performances in the three ski racing events:

Team parallel slalom

  • Mixed junior team  1st

Individual slalom

  • Giulio Bianco  U18 boy, 1st
  • Matilde Valeria  U18 girl, 6th
  • Agata Saitta  U18 girl, 8th
  • Felix Ersser  U16 boy, 7th
  • Charlotte Ip  U16 girl, 3rd
  • Sophia Zinicola – U16 girl, 5th
  • Hector Ribiere  U14 boy, 2nd
  • Kiran Seegers  U14 boy, 3rd
  • Raya Zinicola  U14 girl, 3rd; U12, 1st
  • Oli Gueorguiev  U14 boy, 10th; U12, 1st

Individual giant slalom

  • Giulio Bianco  U18 boy, 1st
  • Ben Lacour  U18 boy, 2nd
  • Adrien Chavarot  U18 boy, 4th
  • Jonah Sweidan  U18 boy, 8th
  • Agata Saitta  U18 girl, 6th
  • Sophia Zinicola  U16 girl, 3rd
  • Charlotte Ip  U16 girl, 4th
  • Felix Ersser  U16 boy, 7th
  • Hector Ribiere  U14 boy, 1st
  • Kiran Seegers  U14 boy, 6th
  • Raya Zinicola – U14 girl, 3rd; U12, 1st
  • Oli Gueorguiev  U12 boy, 1st

Squash

At the Kent Schools’ competition, each team reached the finals and were runners-up. Both the senior girls and U14s lost out in the final by one game with the senior boys doing extremely well to reach the final despite missing some key players.

Swimming

We took 18 swimmers to the Kent Secondary Schools' Individual Championships comprising 12 boys and six girls. 

Between them they achieved three gold medals, five silver medals, two bronze medals, eight fourth placements, four fifth placements and two sixth placements.

In the overall points competition, the boys retained the shield for the third year in a row and the girls improved on their fourth place from last year to second.

Particular well done to Louis Hayes, Zac Raymond and Izzy Okara who each won gold and silver, and to Demi Ali who also earned gold.

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