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Sport for all Seasons
The Dragon’s sports teams have had energetic Easter and Summer terms, despite
record-breaking poor weather in May and June. They participated in many fixtures both
at school and away, and scooped seven Sports Scholarships to future schools.
Other highlights of a busy season include:
Football:
78% of all 98 matches were
either won or drawn. The 1
st
XI football
team led the way, playing with great flair
and success throughout the season. Special
mention must go to the 1
st
XI captain who
broke the scoring record for a season and
was selected for the Oxford Mail select XI.
Cross Country:
Teams competed in
Malvern where the U11 girls finished 4
th
in
the IAPS National Finals and one Dragon
individually finished 5
th
in the boys U11
race featuring over 200 runners.
Swimming:
The Dragon squad was placed
4
th
overall in the IAPS National Swimming
Competition with two bronzes, one silver
and one gold medal. The gold winning
Dragon is now placed in the top ten for
11 year old swimmers in the country over
100m and 200m for Breaststroke.
Tennis:
A particular highlight of a success-
ful season was the outstanding performance
of a Year 5 Dragon who is currently ranked
No.1 in U10 girls in Oxfordshire.
Cricket:
Dragon teams finished the sea-
son unbeaten. One Dragon is captain of
Middlesex U13s and another was victori-
ous with a century for Middlesex Girls
U13s against Sussex in May. Almost
forty Dragon boys of various ages have
been selected in county or district cricket
squads, testament to the continuing
strength of cricket at the school.
Judo:
The squad has had an excellent
year with the boys’ team crowned IAPS
Champions in March. Eleven boys entered
the competition and eight of them received
golds, two silvers and four bronzes.
The Dragon is proud of all these
great results but they are just part of the
programme of sport which is designed to
encourage every child to participate and
do his or her best whatever their level or
their sport. The Sports Department always
strive to be inclusive and work hard to
ensure that as many pupils as possible are
included in matches.
May saw a particularly special day of
sport when the Dragon hosted Year 5
children from four local primary schools
for an Olympic Day. Together with
Dragon pupils they all tried events
including the 100m, hurdles, long
jump, high jump and vortex throw.
Several Old Dragons who are former
or aspiring Olympians, including Tim
Henman, joined the day and held work-
shops for the children in tennis, wheel-
chair rugby, fencing and rowing.
The Dragon captain of athletics
added to the ‘2012’ buzz when he ran as
a torchbearer for the Olympic Flame in
Chippenham (see p3). He is hoping to
cap a memorable season at the National
Athletics Finals later in the summer,
alongside 11 other teammates who have
qualified, one of whom broke the U14
Boys’ School High Jump record with an
incredible leap of 1.66m.
Sporting Dragons
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