School Report: Winterbourne International Academy pupils enjoy success
SEVERAL Winterbourne International Academy pupils have earned top marks for their sporting achievements over the last year.
Many young footballers from the school are on the books of professional clubs and 14-year old Jacob Maddox sealed a high-profile move to Chelsea earlier this year after gaining interest from various top flight clubs for his performances at Bristol City.
Jackson Gillard (not pictured), 12, is part of the Southampton Academy, which has produced the likes of the world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Three members of the Year 10 football team who finished as runners-up in the National Schools’ FA Cup and won the prestigious Woodcock Shield are currently part of the Bristol Rovers youth set-up.
Olly Mehew, who was captain of the school team, is looking to follow in the footsteps of his father – former Bristol Rovers midfielder Dave Mehew – while Marcus Beachamp and Brad Hardidge are also hoping to earn professional contracts at the League Two club.
Another member of that successful side, Jacob Spence, is making strides in the athletics world having won the under-17s high jump in the National Youth Development League, while he also specialises in sprint hurdles.
Emily Wright, 15, became the first 14-year-old to represent Wales at senior level at the Loughborough International, helping the team to third place in the 4x100m relay, while she was also crowned under-20 Indoor 200m champion.
Annie Lewis, 14, came first in the 60m sprint at the Welsh Athletics Junior Indoor Open Meeting and the Midland Counties Open earlier this year.
Sisters Elise Denner and Georgia Denner have achieved great success in synchronized swimming. Elise, 15, won gold in the free combination event, silver in the technical team event, and bronze in the free team event at the ASA National Age Groups Synchronised Swimming Championships.
As part of the England Development Synchronised Swimming Programme, 13-year-old Georgia attends development training camps designed to support girls who show potential of becoming professional athletes. She came third at the Multi Regional Competition and fourth at the Scottish National Competition last year, and was part of the team that triumphed in both.
Sophie Wilkins, 14, achieved county and regional qualifying times in swimming, having held the county record for the 200m breaststroke two years ago, while Georgie Locke, 12, qualified for the Regional Swimming Championships at Millfield School this year.
Emily Locke was part of the Gloucestershire under-15 squad this season and picked up the Most Improved Player award last year.
Emily Wilkins, 14, and Ben Slade, 15 (both not pictured), are also on the books at Gloucestershire.
Georgina Bisp, 13, won gold in the Gloucestershire Women’s Floor and Vault gymnastics competition held at Fromeside.
Lydia Hayden, 15, took silver and both performed in the national finals as members of the South West team.
Fellow gymnast Beth Foster finished third in the junior section of the National Championship and was part of the King Edmund team that won their category at the South West Championship for several years.
Chloe, 15, and Rachel Potter, 12, are part of the Bristol Orienteering Club and regularly compete in the World and national Competitions.
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