Student athletes travelled into Shanghai from British School Manila (BSM), Seoul Foreign British School (SFBS), Harrow International School Bangkok (HIS) and Discovery Bay International School Hong Kong (DBIS) for what turned out to be a very competitive competition in Athletics, Swimming, Basketball and Football.
Travelling teams were given a warm welcome when they arrived in Shanghai where they attended a welcome dinner at the Hilton Hongqiao. Below is a roundup of all the different competitions that took place over the three days.
The swimming competition was the first to take place on Sunday 9 November. From the very start it was clear that the BISS Lions swimming team were in the mix with the other top swimming schools; BSM and DBIS. Jason Chang, Rebecca Jacobs and JJ Jin are just a few of the many excellent performers, collecting personal bests, medals and points. The highly competitive meet came down to two schools by the end of the final race: BSM won the meet overall by just a very small margin over the BISS Lions.
Following the swimming competition on the Sunday morning, was an afternoon of Athletics. With supporters, teachers, students and athletes everywhere, the BISS Lions team rose to the occasion, managing to dominate in most events.
On the track, the BISS Lions were excellent in all areas. The boys and girls made the most of the excellent conditions and superb preparation, to take the lion’s share of the silverware (please excuse the pun!). The performances of the day came from three events. The girls’ 4x100m relay team looked as slick and well-drilled as any Olympic team, passing the baton with fluidity, speed and outstanding effort. Jason Chang again showed he was the person to beat in the throwing events, and the crowd-drawing Greig Grant who at one point had all the FOBISIA teams and coaches spectating as he continued to push his fellow competitor from SFBS to his limits in the high jump. Eventually Greig finished second in the high jump event displaying outstanding ability and sportsmanship to his rivals. The BISS Lions dominance in all areas placed them as the clear winners on points in the Athletics competition.
The girls’ football competition was an excellent standard with all teams vying for the coveted title of U15 FOBISIA 2014 Champions. The BISS Lions girls were very strong and although they fell foul to a few goals during the day-long tournament, they managed to keep their cool to remain unbeaten in all games and become Champions. With some notable performances from Laura Kelly, Ingerid Haaberg and Abby Yadav, the whole team played incredibly well with excellent communication all day.
The boys’ football competition was always going to be close. The BISS Lions started their fixtures strongly with a win against Harrow but came under some big pressure from the SFBS, drawing 1:1. They went on to win their remaining game but were beaten into second place on goal difference by BSM who became U15 boys’ football champions.
The Girls basketball tournament was almost too close to call. The teams travelling in from Manila and Bangkok are always very strong at basketball and it was not a surprise that the game between the two schools was very competitive. The BISS Lions girls played incredibly well and after the penultimate round of the round robin tournament, were in the mix of a five way split on points between all teams.
Going into the last game of the day against Harrow, a win would see the Lions as champions, but a loss would put them into fifth position. Unfortunately the Harrow team proved they were worthy champions even though our girls worked tremendously hard to stay in touch. Excellent performances all round from the BISS Lions girls, none more so than Barbara Asfour.
The boys’ basketball was another very close competition with four of the five teams looking like they could be champions. BSM, SFBS, HIS and the BISS Lions were all in the running, with games coming down to the wire each time. The BISS Lions narrowly missed out on second place by a matter of two points. The champions, Harrow International School, just edging ahead of SFBS.
The FOBISIA games overall were deemed to be a great success by all the coaches, athletes and parents visiting. It was especially pleasing to see the rich mix of cultures competing against each other in such a competitive but friendly manner. The BISS Lions teams, both A and B, should be very proud of themselves and each other, as should the school for making all the visiting teams very welcome.
I would like to thank all the forty plus staff who helped over the three days of competition with particular thanks being extended to the BISS Lions coaching and PE staff. Without the three months of support, preparation and constant professionalism, the Games and the BISS Lions teams’ successes would have not been possible.
- Tom Hitchings, Director of Sport