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U13 FOBISIA Hong Kong – Day 1

17 March 2016

The NAIS Tigers U13 FOBISIA squad had a very successful day, both with individual successes in the pool and the amazing performances we witnessed in the track and field events.


The morning started with the swimming. The team was quiet and nervous prior to the first race, the 200 Individual Medley, but Alessandra Perone was outstanding in the first race of the morning and won a bronze medal. The team began to believe they could do well in the pool and in the third race of the morning, the girls 50m backstroke, Tinah Otula finished in 3rd place winning a bronze medal. The 7th race of the morning, the girls 100m butterfly, was a tight race and Ciara Wallace came steaming through in the last lap to finish runner-up. What a success!

We witnessed lots of PBs from the swimmers and the standard of swimming was very high. Alexandro’s Pardali-Moutakas won his first medal of the day in the boys 100m breaststroke, finishing in second place. We were getting lots of 4th place finishes from the team, then once again Alessandra Perone won a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke and Alexandros won the bronze medal also in the 100m backstroke.

In race 26 we won our first gold medal of the day. Ciara Wallace in the 50m fly was in the lead from the start and won the race by a large margin. An outstanding individual performance which she followed up with a 3rd place in the 100m freestyle to finish the morning with her third medal of the day. Our last success in the pool was the 200m Girls Freestyle B race relay with our team finishing 2nd to win a silver medal.

The team did their best in the pool and had some success but we saw them come alive in the Athletics meet.

The afternoon Athletics meet started with the 1500m races. Tina Otula came third place to win a bronze medal in the A race and Yukiko Juaffret won her race by a large margin and led the race from beginning to the end to win our first gold medal in athletics. The boys 1500m races were even more successful. Julian Francois won a silver in the A race win with a well-timed finish in the race and Jake Lonsdale led his race from beginning to the end and deservedly won gold in the B race. A great start on the track followed by four sessions of field events.

In the field events we had a never-ending stream of medals. The winners of the medals in the field events were outstanding and we also had many 4th place finishes. What a team performance! Medal winners are as follows; Matthew Ward, silver medals in Triple jump and Long jump; Jason Drewes, gold in High jump and Triple Jump; Jake Lonsdale, silver  in Javelin; Sofie Vesterbaek, gold in Shot Putt; Alessandra Perone, silver  in Triple Jump; Elodie Jacqmin, silver in Discus; Josephine Lonsdale, bronze in High Jump; Tiniah Otula, bronze in Javelin; and Victoria Deschamps, gold in Long Jump.

The day finished with races on the track and again there were many outstanding performances with students pushing themselves to win and giving everything to get a medal. Medal winners on the track are as follows; Victoria Deschamps, silver medals in the 100m and 300m races; Matthew Ward, bronze medal in 100m and a gold medal in the 400m; Madeline Lum, gold medal in 300m; Elodie Jacqmin, bronze  medal in 200m; Josie Lonsdale, bronze Medal in the 800m B Race; Yukiko Juaffret, bronze medal in the 800m A race; Luke Khalife, silver medal in the 800m b Race; and Mayeul Perret, bronze medal in the 800m A race.

The last medals won by the 4 x 100m girls’ team in the 4 x 100m girls A Race; the girls were Tinah Otula, Alessandra Perone, Elodie Jacqmin and Victoria Deschamps.

The NAIS Tigers U13 team performed out of their skins and they supported each other throughout the day. We are so proud of what our students have achieved today in the pool, on the track and in the field events.

On Day 2, the girls playing football and the boys playing basketball and, if they do as well as today, the Tigers' roar will be heard throughout Hong Kong!!


Report by Mr. Wallace