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A Weekend in the Life of a Director of Sport

23 September 2014

Our Director of Sport Tom Hitchings is always busy, especially at the weekends when the BISS Lions can be found all over Shanghai! Below he tells us more about a weekend as a Director of Sport.

  • New Zealand's Olympic team swim coach coaches students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi campus
  • New Zealand's Olympic team swim coach coaches students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi campus

Students with David Lyles at his coaching clinic at the weekend

During the latter part of last week and over the weekend I had the pleasure of visiting four of the venues at which the BISS Lions competed.

The second of these was here at BISS Puxi where the SISAC Division two Volleyball girls team was playing a home match on Friday night. Fresh from their away win over WISS (the first of my venues), less than 24 hours earlier, the girls approached the game against SAS with confidence and a new found belief. Miss Byfield's tactical knowledge saw the BISS Lions girls produce a comfortable three sets to love win. 

The next morning I had the pleasure of meeting the BISS Lions swimmers early at SAS Pudong with their coaches, Ms Cavanagh and Miss McMahon.  I saw three personal bests achieved in as many races in what was the Shanghai Swim League's season opening event. The SSL Time Trials was a huge event with over six hundred swimmers participating and many of our swimmers racing for the first time. This event is designed for swimmers to get their season times recorded so they can train hard over the coming weeks.

Finally, I then took a short taxi ride from SAS Pudong to BISS Pudong, where I hoped to see our BISS Lions Rugby teams, led by coaches Mr Fudge and Mr Hudspith, continue their dominant form over the other teams in the SISAC Under 19 league.

I was not disappointed. As I arrived I was greeted with an elated Division one team who had been in action against Dulwich and SCIS, winning both games. I was just in time to catch up with the players and then watch the Division two game against BISS Pudong. The boys played incredibly well and won convincingly. 

On Sunday a group of talented swimmers were in the pool taking part in a high performance coaching clinic from the former British Olympic Swimmer and now head performance coach for New Zealand’s Olympic Swim team, David Lyles.  He ran an excellent session which helped swimmers address all areas of their swimming development.

Across the whole weekend I was proudly impressed to hear the feedback voiced to each team member by their coaches across all three sports. 

In line with the school’s high performance character, each coach would firstly celebrate the win or the personal best and highlight the positive, whilst reminding the teams that there is still a long way to go and that being part of a winning formula means maintaining development and continuing that drive for further exceptional performances.   

As a school sports department I believe our PE Teachers, coaches, parents and all others involved are creating increasingly more of these exceptional  circumstances within each training session and each PE lesson.  This encourages the students to set their sights on higher, yet still achievable targets and to challenge their team mates to do the same in both sports and academia, understanding that only hard work will lead to success.

“To create exceptional success, requires exceptional circumstances” Wayne Smith, former new Zealand All Blacks assistant coach.

Weekend Sports Reults
 
Volleyball Under 19

Division 2 girls 
Coach: Miss Byfield
BISS Lions 2 v WISS 1
BISS Lions 3 v SAS 0

Division 1 girls
Coach: Mr Mager
BISS Lions 1 v SCIS 2
BISS Lions 2 v SSIS 1
BISS Lions 0 v LFS 2

Division 1 Boys
Coach: Mr Dunphy
BISS Lions 0 v SCIS 3
BISS Lions 2 v SSIS 1
BISS Lions 2 v LFS 1

Rugby Boys Under 19

Division 2
Coach: Mr Hudspith  
BISS Lions 32 v BISS Pudong 5
BISS Lions 27 v SCIS 5

Division 1
Coach: Mr Fudge
BISS Lions 47 v Dulwich College 0
BISS Lions 10 v BISS Pudong 5