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Spectacular Sport at Malvern St James

Published by Malvern St James Girls' School on Thursday 10th of April 2014

Malvern St James Girls' School is currently celebrating a clutch of sporting feats achieved by its pupils.

Lucy Walton (Year 10) has been chosen by the Worcestershire Golf Club to be their Junior Captain for the forthcoming year. Lucy is already recognised as one of the most accomplished sportswomen in her age group and field in the West Midlands region, and she is the first ever girl to hold this position at the Golf Club. Her role is to encourage other juniors into golf, to help at coaching sessions and competitions, and to Captain the Junior team in their league matches. Lucy comments, 'I am very honoured to be asked to hold this prestigious role, and I'm really looking forward to the year ahead.'
Already Lucy has undertaken her first engagement to talk to the Years 5 and 6 at Leigh and Bransford Primary School about how she has been so successful in sport and what attributes she has needed to achieve her goals.

Hannah Tapley, MSJ's Athletics ace, continues to go from strength to strength. This year she has already taken no. 2 position in the UK for the U17 High Jump, as well as setting a Worcestershire record for a jump of 1.65m in February. Earlier this month she took the Gold Award at the U17 National Indoor Championships in Sheffield, and she has just won the U17 Midland Open, clearing 1.65m. She is a hair's breadth away from clearing 1.7m; this will be her next big marker.

In the Prep Department, Cara Chambers (Year 5) from has competed in the West Midlands Floor and Vault Competition in Stoke on Trent. Cara is only 9 years old, but was competing in the U12 category, and still she finished 6th out of 120 gymnasts from all over Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Birmingham, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. She was particularly pleased with her floor routine, where she scored 9.7 out of a possible 10.

Also among our younger sports stars, Rose Taylor (Year 3) has been placed 6th in the Yellow Category for the North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club League Standings (out of 51 entrants). This is particularly impressive as Rose is just seven years old, and would normally be expected to compete on the easier White Course.

Mrs Patricia Woodhouse, Headmistress of Malvern St James Girls' School, comments, 'Well done to all these girls and their very impressive accomplishments. I remain hugely impressed by how these girls go out - day in, day out; rain or shine - to improve and hone their talents. Their achievements are a fitting reward to their hard work and determination, and their dedication is an example to us all.'
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