ISA Competitions Report
November 29, 2023

ISA Competitions Report

It’s been a busy two weeks with St James Preparatory School participating in three different ISA competitions.

First, we had the ISA Regional Swimming Championships. Unfortunately, this event had to be done virtually due to the number of schools who wanted to enter, and virtual events are always harder as you don’t get the same adrenaline as the real race. Despite this, four children from St James qualified for the Nationals. Congratulations to Oliver (Year 6), Salila (Year 5), Viktoriia (Year 5) and Laura (Year 4) who will represent the London North team at the London Aquatics Centre on Friday 1 December!

On Thursday 16 November, we then had the ISA Regional Cross Country, where top 10 winners qualified for the Nationals in March. Congratulations to our highest positions: Katherine, Year 4 (5th), Poppy, Year 6 (11th), Lennox, Year 6 (14th), Salila, Year 5 (16th running for the year above), Oliver, Year 6 (20th) and Erik, Year 3 (21st also running for the year above). We wish Katherine the best of luck at the Nationals next term!

Lastly, we attended the ISA Girls’ Football Festival (for Year 5 and 6). The girls played some excellent football and only let in 4 goals in the whole tournament! They came 3rd in their group which meant they entered the knockout round of the Plate. We won our quarterfinal and semi-final convincingly 2:0, but alas lost the Plate final 2:0 to Oakland. The result did not match the way the girls played, which was a shame but, it wasn’t all doom and gloom as there was a bubble tea van for afterwards. Player of the tournament was Madu, for her outstanding defence and dedicated work ethic. We also only lost to the team who won the whole tournament 0:1 who won the cup final 4:3, so well done!

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