26 Feb 2019
Uppingham Sport Spring Term Week Six

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As we move into the second half of the academic year, I thought it would be good to remember, ‘Our Purpose’:

‘Discover and Develop the Best in Every Individual through Engagement in Sport’

This may mean helping a new pupil discover a new sport or helping to develop an international athlete’s training programme. We are aiming to discover and develop the best in every pupil, staff member, parent and Old Uppinghamian through engagement in sport.

At the start of the year I asked for us to be measured on our “Ten Things That Require Zero Talent”:

1. Being on time

2. Work ethic

3. Effort

4. Body language

5. Energy

6. Attitude

7. Passion

8. Being coachable

9. Doing extra

10. Being prepared

I have been really impressed with the way that our pupils have worked on these characteristics and encouraged others to demonstrate them as well. These are all controllable traits that we can all achieve – if we exhibit these behaviours on a regular basis, I am confident that Uppingham Sport will continue to grow from strength to strength.

Despite it being half term, we still had lots of good news for Uppingham Sport:

Cross Country

Following their excellent performances in the County Championships, Freya Radford, Fenella Blayney and Bertie Tweed have been selected to represent Leicestershire and Rutland Schools at The English Schools’ Cross Country Championships in Leeds on Saturday 16th March.

Rugby

Edward Clayton has been selected to represent the RFU North U17s this weekend. Edward’s performances for our 1st XV this year were built upon his outstanding work ethic and superb attitude. This term he has also been representing the Northampton Saints Academy – his selection for the North U17s is well deserved.

Swimming

Adrian Ting competed at the Team Bath Long Course Grand Prix in Bristol last week, finishing second in the 50m breaststroke with a 0.8 second improvement on his personal best and winning the 50m freestyle. The highlight was definitely the 50m butterfly, where Adrian won gold and also qualified for his second event in the British Swimming National championships - due to take place in Glasgow in April.

Athletics

This past weekend, Jolyon Leavesley ran in the National Schools’ Indoor Championships in Sheffield and achieved a fantastic fifth place in the 800m with a time of 2:02.83, setting him up nicely for a great outdoor season.

It was great to be able to continue to support the Sadili Oval Sports Academy in Nairobi, Kenya, by donating some of our lost property and old kit. Isobella Stichbury kindly transported the kit during half term to strengthen ties with the Sports Academy for underprivileged children, managed by Dr Elizabeth Odera.

All our results and fixtures can be found on our sports website and regular updates on my Twitter page

Best wishes

Chris Dossett