Last week our BVIS U13 FOBISIA squad travelled to Garden International School, in Rayong, Thailand, for their annual games competition. The students compete in 4 different events over 3 days against 5 different schools from South East Asia. These games provide the students with not only an amazing opportunity to compete in a variety of sports but to also meet and make new friends and travel within South East Asia.
On Day 1 the schools competed in Athletics and Swimming. Our squad displayed an incredible sense of camaraderie, showing real encouragement, determination and perseverance. They all pushed themselves to their absolute limit, resulting in a number of medals.
Thia -2nd in both 1500m and 200m.
Sarah -3rd in Long Jump and 200m and 2nd in High Jump.
Tony – 1st in Discus and 2nd in Long Jump.
Viet – 3rd in Discus.
Se Yeon – 3rd in 100m.
Khoa – 2nd in 800m, 100m and Long Jump.
Leo – 2nd in 800m
Our Athletics squad achieved : 1 Gold, 8 Silver and 4 Bronze medals.
Se Yeon – 2nd in 25m Freestyle and 3rd in both 25m and 50m Backstroke.
Thia – 1st in 25m Freestyle and 2nd in 25m Breastroke.
Tony – 2nd in 25m Freestyle.
Holly – 2nd in 25m Backstroke and 3rd in 50m Backstroke.
Huy Anh – 3rd in 50m Freestyle.
Leo – 2nd in 25m Backstroke, 3rd in both 25m and 50m Butterfly.
Khoa – 2nd in both 25m Butterfly and 50m Backstroke.
Thia, Se Yeon, Nancy and Holly – 2nd in Girls 4x100m Freestyle Relay.
Tony, Khoa, Leo and Huy Anh – 2nd in Boys 4x100m Freestyle Relay.
Our Swim squad achieved: 1 Gold, 9 Silver and 6 Bronze medals.
After a very successful day, we headed back to the hotel for a swim and some well-earned free time. The afternoons and evenings provided the team with opportunities to spend time with students from other schools, and it was lovely to see lots of new friendships forming.
On Day 2, the girls were competing in Football and the Boys, Basketball. The competition was very strong but that didn’t stop our squads from giving it their all. It took the boys a few matches to settle into their game but by the time we took on Bromsgrove British International School, the squad displayed some great attacking play and secured their first win. The girls also worked tirelessly throughout their tournament but the strength of the opposition proved too much of a challenge for them to manage a win. After another tiring day it was back to the hotel for a pool party. A real highlight of the trip, where there were smiles on everyone’s faces and the teams we able to socialise together after a great day of sport.
Day 3, we saw the boys and girls swap events. Again, the sense of team work, and dedication shown on the court and field was above and beyond expectations. After some unlucky decisions on the football field and some tough oppositions on the basketball court, we didn’t manage to place in the top three.
The final presentation evening was incredible. The event took place in a beautiful setting, overlooking the beach and we were spoilt with two amazing singers followed by a band that the students were able to dance away to. A special mention goes to Thia who was awarded ‘Athlete of the Tournament’ and Huy Anh who won the ‘Endeavour Award’ for his incredible determination over the three days.
The U13 FOBISIA squad were a real credit to BVIS. Their sportsmanship, willpower and solidarity as a team shone throughout the whole competition, making it a real pleasure to coach and spend time with them at the games. They should all be very proud of their achievements.
Ms May, Mr Duc and Ms Van.