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he Rio Olympics will live long in

the memory for British sporting

fans, however, it is not only Team

GB’s efforts that are worth acknowledging.

The fact that 2016 saw more female athletes

compete at a Summer Olympiad than ever

before is also a significant achievement. In

Rio, a record 45.2% of all competitors were

female and the USA, sporting powerhouse

and medal chart toppers, had more female

athletes than their male counterparts for

the first time in Olympic history. Like the

International Olympic Committee, the

Dragon is also committed to parity between

boys’ and girls’ sport and is rightfully very

proud of its female sporting success.

With football and cricket now widely

recognised as unisex, there is an increasingly

wide range of sports on offer for Dragon

girls. Further to the traditional female sports

of hockey, rounders, netball and tennis, all

of which are performed with great success

throughout the year, there are also girls-

only clubs and fixtures in place for both

football and cricket, as well as opportunities

in lacrosse. With such an appetite for

sporting competition, in addition to Inter

School fixtures, there are keenly contested

internal competitions where participation

and enjoyment are of as much importance

as winning.

Female sporting achievement involving

Dragons is varied and widely recognised;

last year, Senior School sports scholarships

were offered exclusively to female pupils

and the Dragon can boast three female

medallists from the National Athletic

Championships in the Summer. There

are also high achieving sporting ODs,

including five-time Olympian and silver

medallist from Rio, Francis Houghton (OD

1994), who was competing in the women’s

rowing eight, and Maia Bouchier (OD

2012) who benefited from the School’s

cricket programme and is currently part of

the England women’s development squad

whilst playing for Middlesex ladies.

Alongside the rise of female sport in

professional echelons (Super League

Cricket, Premier League Football, Netball

Super League etc), girls’ sport at the

Dragon is strong and leading the way

amongst co-ed Prep Schools in being as

inclusive and competitive as our high

achieving boys. It is surely only a matter of

time before other young female Dragons

will be emulating the success on the global

stage of now household names such as

Laura Trott, Charlotte Edwards and indeed

Francis Houghton, because it’s very evident