We took nearly 30 students to the U15 FOBISIA games in Beijing for three days of intense competition across four different sports, it was both exhausting and rewarding - here's what happened!
The boys had 5 basketball games to play on day one of FOBISIA. They started their tournament campaign with a win against Nord Anglia Pudong before losing out to a skilled TES side. After a break and some lunch they found their winning form again to narrowly beat Kellet setting them up with a chance of a medal position. To be in with a chance they still had to beat Jakarta before facing the hosts Dulwich. The team showed real skill and determination for a convincing win over Jakarta before finally losing to a well-supported Dulwich side. The boys placed 3rd overall and should be extremely proud of the way they represented both themselves and the school. Well done to Oliver Clarke who was nominated coaches MVP for the tournament.
The girl’s football tournament was moved inside due to the weather conditions. This proved a tough adjustment for many teams with many of the first games ending 0-0. The girls started the tournament strong with a draw against BIS Jakarta and a narrow loss of 1-0 to Dulwich College Beijing. However, despite tremendous efforts from all the girls they were unable to get a win for the day. All games were very close with 1 or 2 goals in it, and the girl's worked incredibly hard to the very end of the final game. Special mention goes to Lim Zhuo Jun for winning coaches MVP. Her perseverance and commitment in the games was outstanding.
On the second day of FOBISIA students participated in the swimming and athletics events. Unfortunately there was last minute venue change due to the pollution levels. However, this did not faze the students and they continued to have a very successful day.
The girls started the day in the swimming pool and performed exceptionally well. The swim squad consisting of Zhuo Jun, Inthira, Angelina, Fieke and Georgia won several medals between them. However, a particular mention goes to Zhuo Jun for winning five gold medals.
In the afternoon the boys continued the success of the girls and represented the BIS HCMC swim squad superbly. Again the team of Jacob B, Jacob G, Jerrell, Nathan, and Bion achieved many medals between them. We were particularly proud of the boys for all achieving new PB's, by as much as three seconds in some races.
The boy’s athletics team faced tough competition from the other schools. However, this didn’t stop the team and they continued to give their all to the very last event. Jacob G achieved a gold medal in the revised discus event and Sidharth won silver in the 100m A race.
The girls continued their winning ways into the athletics competition. All the girls that competed won a medal which is a wonderful achievement. Special mention goes to Bailey for winning the 1500m A race, Penny for winning the shot putt, and Saebom for winning the javelin.
The third day is always tough for competitors and requires a lot fitness to continue to perform at such a high level. Both teams were very competitive throughout final day of basketball and football.
The girls’ basketball tournament was closely fought. Going into their final game the girls knew they needed a win to finish second. They performed superbly but couldn’t see off a committed Dulwich College Beijing side and the game ended in a draw. They finished tied on points with Kellett School, but due to their head to head result they placed 4th overall. Well done to Angelina Yeh and My Hoang Vo for winning MVP’s of the day.
The boys faced some very tough competition in the football tournament. Steven Le made some impressive saves in goal, whilst the defence worked tirelessly to keep all the games very close. This left them in 5th position at the end of the day. Congratulations to Jonathan Le and Michael Nguyen for MVP’s of the day.
The PE staff are incredibly proud of how all the students performed and conducted themselves throughout the games. They were excellent at adapting to the new venues and remained supportive of each other throughout all the competitions. Congratulations to Zhou Jun Lim and Jacob Gleave for winning overall athletes of the games for BISV. They participated in all four sports and were instrumental in the success of all the teams.
Stephanie Webb / PE Teacher
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