Last week marked the first opportunity for Léman International School in Chengdu to host a Nord Anglia Global Games event, with the U15 Volleyball Tournament. We were thrilled for the opportunity to welcome some of our sister schools from Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong to campus. On Thursday afternoon, BSB Shunyi from Beijing and BISS Puxi from Shanghai arrived, settled in at their hotel and came to the campus to see where they would be spending the next few days. We played our initial matches, got some excellent food for the students at our cafeteria and sent them home to rest in advance of two really busy days of volleyball.
NAIS Hong Kong arrived late on Thursday and was able to get some sleep before the tournament started in earnest on Friday. The gymnasium was buzzing as it hosted 24 matches over the course of the day. The competition was played out at an impressively high level. Coaches and parents alike commented on the abilities of the students and the even nature of the competition. More than anything, the excitement of the students was palpable. Players from different cities were hanging out, watching games, chatting and laughing. It was lovely to see our different Nord Anglia schools coming together to create new and lasting memories. It was also a great opportunity for many of our Léman students to come by the gym and see some terrific volleyball. As we came towards the end of the round-robin portion of the tournament, it became clear that Saturday was going to be an exciting day.
Saturday morning required a little mathematics on the boys’ side of the draw, as three of the teams had tied for first place. Once that had been sorted, it was on to a day of matches where anything might take place. We were so proud of our Léman teams and the competitive fire they showed throughout the entire tournament. Our boys’ group was split into two teams to make sure everyone had ample opportunity to play and after a lot of thrilling matches and close calls, our two teams ended up meeting in the Final. Our girls also pushed themselves to reach their highest level and beat some very strong teams on their way to the Final. It was a great reflection on the hard work our teams put in throughout the season as well as the dedication of their coaches. Our Léman community would like to thank Cheena Sotto on the girls’ side and Carina Corey and Victoria Robinson on the boys’ side for their amazing commitment to the development and enjoyment of their athletes.
I would also like to thank Eric Liu and the facilities team, Julia Guo and the ayi team and Shirley Luo for organizing all of our transportation needs. Lynn Luo made all of our accommodation needs easy to deal with and Zaur Mammadov and his team of cooks and chefs kept all the attendees well fed and happy throughout the tournament. I would like to thank our Administration team for all their support in making this tournament a reality. Very importantly to me, I would like to thank my PE staff Felicia Dracz, Scofield Guo and Kuan Li for all their hard work in preparing for the tournament and the long hours they put in while we were hosting. I feel very privileged to work with you all.
The entire community at Léman would like to thank BSB Shunyi, BISS Puxi and NAIS HK for making the trip to Chengdu. It was a memorable experience and a very special opportunity to host this event. The Global Games initiative is a special one that Léman looks forward to participating in for years to come.