More Sporting Achievements Made by Poplar Children
On Friday 25th January, the Merton School Sport Partnership held the annual Borough Boccia Competition. This year we took 2 teams to represent the school. In total 15 teams took part. The teams were split into 3 groups of 5 to battle for their place in the final seeding groups. Our A team had a clean sweep, winning all 4 of their games. They finished top of their group and were now heading into the finals to play for 1st to 3rd place medals. The B team won 3 games, which meant they finished in 2nd place in their group. They went into their final stages to play for 4th to 6th place. Undeterred by the one loss they had encountered, they went on to win their next 2 games putting them in 4th place overall.
The A team steam rolled through their semi-final match with a clean sweep of wins. The final was a tough fought out battle, going down to a golden goal shoot out after it finished 2-2. However nerves did not get in the way and after a great shot by Olaf, the team won 1-0 and brought home gold medals and the 2019 Boccia Champions Trophy. This is a first for Poplar and we are very proud of all the children who took part. It was great to see such an enthusiastic and positive approach to the sport and it was evident to see that all their hard work practice paid off.
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Then on Tuesday 29th January, 16 children from across years 4 to 6 headed out to represent the school at the Borough Swimming Gala heats. We have some swimmers with beautiful style in our school, but it was all about speed on the day! The children had to swim as fast as they could (and they did) over a 25 meter distance. We are now awaiting the results from the other 5 gala heats before we find out the results and if we have any finalists. I will keep you updated. Good luck everyone!!
Next it was time for our year 5 and 6 Gymnastics team to shine. The squad had been working very hard over the past 6 weeks to learn the routines with Miss Wood. She then had the difficult task of selecting 4 children to represent the school. The team had three different disciplines to perform in; floor, body management and vault and they performed them with elegance and style, whilst showing great strength and flexibility. On to the results: the team finished in 2nd place (another record for this competition) with all children picking up silver medals. A special mention goes to Anna who won two individual gold medals for best body management with a 10 out of 10 and for best girl overall on the day, which is a massive achievement that we are all proud of. The action clips below show the impressive floor routines of the four representatives.