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24 November, 2023

Under 19 BSME Games

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Under 19 BSME Games

The BSME (British Schools Middle East) Games is the highlight of the sporting calendar for any multi-sport athlete. At the beginning of the academic year students attend a rigorous trial to compete for a place within the squad. The PE Department select 12 girls and 12 boys to represent the school in Football and Volleyball for the boys and Football and Netball for the girls. This year was extra exciting, due to the opportunity to travel to Kuwait.

Arriving to the opening ceremony, there was of course the additional pressure of being reigning Under 19 champions!  Each year is a different story, with new players arriving and old players leaving. The squad this year was made up of students from Year 11 to Year 13, with new combinations and new positions in some sports due to injuries before and during the tournament.

The event is both mentally and physically demanding, with wake up calls at 5.00am for breakfast at 5.45am, followed by a bus ride to the venue and an arduous set of games within the pool stages, followed by the play-off games. By the end of the day, athletes find themselves fatigued, emotionally drained, and exhausted, knowing that the entire process must be repeated for the second day

The BIS Abu Dhabi squad were a tower of strength for each other during the course of the two-day tournament. Every student made a commitment to dig deep, play fairly and represent the whole BIS Abu Dhabi community to the very best of their ability. The boys secured the Gold medal in the football competition, while the girls earned the Bronze. Additionally, the boys claimed the 6th position in volleyball, and the girls achieved the 7th spot in netball. Overall BIS Abu Dhabi were joint 2nd on points but with medal placings came 3rd overall. It was a joyous occasion and a sweet victory.

Special congratulations to Leandro for being awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Player) in football across 14 schools for the second year in a row. 

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