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National Junior Games – Stoke Mandeville

13 Oct 2017 | Posted In Sport

National Junior Games – Stoke Mandeville

At the beginning of October, 10 pupils from St John Fisher represented their school in the National Junior Games which took place at the Stoke Mandeville stadium in Buckinghamshire.

Over 250 young people aged between 11 and 18 took part in the competition from across the country, swapping the classroom for practical sports in an inspiring environment.

Each student had an opportunity to try out a range of new wheelchair sports which were delivered by WheelPower; a national charity for wheelchair sport.

Our St John Fisher pupils relished the opportunity to get involved in over 20 different inclusive sports, with wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing and archery being their particular favourites. With four action packed days of sport, the students had the opportunity to develop their skills and compete against other pupils from up and down the country.

Callum Moxon made it to the final of both the Table Tennis and Snooker competitions, eventually finishing runner up in Table Tennis but secured the winner’s trophy in the Snooker.

Sebastian DiClemente, Christopher Newport, Leo Mazza, Jackson Hill and Callum Moxon all competed in the Swimming competition in the infamous Stoke Mandeville Pool from the 2012 Olympics, and continued their success with all students finishing either 1st or 2nd in their respective races.

Jacob Evans and David Maltby thrived in the wheelchair basketball where they spent most of their time, they have even requested a modified wheelchair for Christmas!

Tigre Coultas smashed the Tennis competition and went on to have success in the cue sports, rifle shooting and table tennis.

Josh Holden, Jackson Hill and Conor Saggu all became professionals in the rifle shooting with Jackson finishing in 2nd place in the whole competition, followed by the cool, calm and collected Conor who picked up a bronze medal in third place.

St John Fisher also enjoyed success on the Athletics track, with Seb and Jackson finishing 1st and 2nd in the 100m race. This typified St John Fisher’s mentality and team spirit when all of the boys were at the finish line cheering the SJF competitors on. These students encompassed the school values of compassion, humility, respect, integrity, service and tolerance and were a credit to St John Fisher.

Overall, the pupils thoroughly enjoyed a life transforming experience and created memories that will last them a lifetime. The week wasn’t just about competing, it enabled students to develop their confidence, social and inter-personal skills and learn new skills that they can use in their daily lives. It was incredible to see St John Fisher competing on the national stage and long may the success continue.

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