5 December 2013 / LOCAL AND REGIONAL SUCCESS FOR TRURO HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS STARS
The school has always been a formidable force in netball competitions. The performance of the Under 16 team at the recent county tournament won a place in the regional finals due to take place in Bournemouth in January. The year 7 netball team, unbeaten this season, is top of the Peninsula League and won the county festival as did the year 8 B team.
Hockey is another sport played at an impressive level by the High School girls. The under 18 team has just been crowned county indoor champions, the under 16 team recently won the county hockey tournament, qualifying for the regional finals and hard work and commitment from the under 14s has seen the team rise to third position in the county.
The prep school hockey and netball teams are unbeaten in all competitions this year and won the St Joseph's invitational netball tournament, beating the infamous Kelly College on the way to the title. Two particularly talented prep school hockey stars, Milly Frankis and Evie Roberts, were both selected for the county's under 14s team, despite being a year younger than the minimum selection age of 11.
Other prep school successes include top swimmer, Sophie, in prep 5, who is now ranked number 4 in the UK for freestyle and, within days of being selected for the Cornish team, broke two county records. Another prep 5 pupil, Daisy Chapman, has earned the UK number 1 ranking for under 9s tennis after an exceptional season.
There have also been some outstanding performances in cross country competition. Yoyo Barnsley won the Cornwall County Championships, under 15s level with Emily Williams taking the under13s title. The senior cross country team - Yoyo Barnsley, Tegan Elliot, Maddy Knowles and Georgia Wildgoose - recently won an under 16s title finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The team also qualified for the regional final of the English Schools' Athletic Association and finished 2nd.
Not to be outdone, the school's show jumping team has made its mark in equestrian events. In the Cornish Schools Show Jumping Team Competition: Molly Nolan, riding Maddison; Tara-Nell Nolan, riding Ebony; Lucy Turriff, riding Merlin and Emily Williams, riding Bambi, came 2nd after finishing on a final combined score of just 4 faults after two rounds of gruelling competition.
High School Head of Sport, Kathryn Barbery-Redd, said: "I am very proud of all of our sports stars. As a department we work very closely with our teams to personalise their training and get the best out of them - as we can see from the results this year it is working well and our sports clubs are jam packed every single day."