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BISS Lions Bring Home the Medals From FOBISIA

After an overnight journey to Vietnam, day 1 began with a late morning jog to help the athletes acclimatise to the hot and humid conditions. As a team, we discussed our aims for the weekend which are to focus on good team and individual technique, tactics and performances.

Day 2 began at 8am with athletics. Our team displayed an exceptionally high level of performance in a wide variety of events. We had a medals total of 26 and 11 4th place positions out a possible 46 medal opportunities. Highlights of the day included a gold and silver from Jason Tang in both the triple and long jump and Anne Zimmer's domination in the 300m race. We started and finished with a bang; Paula Simo Braun and the 4 x 100m boys relay golds!

The afternoon's swimming was more challenging for our team with many of our regular swim team performers attending an alternative swim meet. Swim captains Yung Lo and Max Dyckerhoff with the support of Laura Kelly, Noelle Heinrich, Francesco Stolcis and Simone Di Cristina took on the majority of the events and produced some great performances.

The day finished with a BBQ and lights out at 9pm ready for the next day’s action; girls football and boys basketball.

The second day started at 5:30am for the boys, who had to defend the title that they won in 2012. The girls had a slightly later rise of 6:30am in preparation for their football tournament.

The girls started really brightly in their first fixture, dispatching British School Manila (BSM) with a performance so complete that the coaches from the other schools were already making us favourites for the title! However, the girls found it difficult to maintain the level of intensity under the scorching sun and lost to Dulwich College Beijing (DCB) despite dominating in all areas of the game. They went on to win another two games, but then lost out to the host school in their final game.

They still finished in 3rd equalling last year’s performance. Special mentions go to Abi Yadav, Laura Kelly, Anne Zimmer and Hannah Peedle for their performances.

The boys had to cope with similar pressure the whole day as they knew the schools wanted to take their title from them. They started slowly but improved as the day went on, eventually winning their final 3 games. Jason Tang was the outstanding player of the day with his tireless work ethic and his constant attacking drives.

The final day was a reverse of the previous one: boys football and girls basketball. The boys football started brightly with a commanding performance against BSM, once again leading to coaches making us favourites for the title. The boys were exceptional in every area. Craig Jervis was the linchpin of the side, holding when necessary, driving when able and making a host of vital tackles. David Sax led the goal scoring with a goal in all but one of the games and our 2 goalkeepers only conceded 2 goals between them!

The boys won 5 and drew 1 and were left watching the final games between Dulwich College Shanghai

(DCS) and BIS Vietnam knowing that if DCS won by 2 or more they took the title and any other result meant that BISS Puxi brought a FOBISIA football title home for the first time. The game was extremely exciting and finished 2-2 and the title went to the BISS Lions!

The girls basketball was also extremely successful, with the girls winning all but 2 of their games and finishing 3rd. Marit Wienholts dominated under the basket and Jacqi Shen made more steals than we could count.

The BISS Lions have really made their mark on FOBISIA and we look forward to more success in the future!