These 36 students from Years 4, 5 and 6 were selected to participate across 4 sports; T-ball, Athletics, Football and Swimming. They were competing against 5 other highly competitive and skilled teams from across Asia and the competitions spanned 3 long, VERY hot and action packed days. Every one of our students excelled as individuals and as part of a team, performing at a very high level and with many incredible performances that showcased youth sport at its highest level. The students were ecstatic at the end of the competition with the 124 medals and 3 trophies they had secured.
They started the first morning very well in Athletics bringing in a haul of 45 medals, with 2 gold, 6 silver and 25 bronze. A particular highlight was the Year 5 boys team who managed to medal in every single field event they competed in! In Swimming they were outstanding with 23 new personal best records. They also managed another 33 medals with the Under 9 girls taking bronze in both their freestyle and medley relays!
In the team events the students worked co-operatively and demonstrated great team working skills – using each other’s strength’s; encouraging and supporting each other; celebrating their collective achievements and also being supportive in defeat and disappointment. On Day 2 – the Tee-ball tournament- their sheer determination to play back to back games in 37 degrees was in itself commendable. They played really well and demonstrated huge progress in skills and game play from their early training sessions where many were first introduced to T—ball. Unfortunately the Year 4's and Year 6’s missed out narrowly on medals after some great team performances. The Year 5's were exceptional in their final game, beating the hosts Harrow International School, to achieve a bronze medal!
Our T-ball results demonstrated that we have greatly improved our skills in this this sport since last year’s tournament. The students clearly grew in confidence and skill with each match and the scores reflected this determination to fight until the end of each and every match. Our Year 5 team fought their way to a gold medal with Years 4 and 6 missing out by just a few runs. In football our students demonstrated very high level skills and outstanding teamwork which resulted in a gold medal for our Year 5 Boys, a bronze for the Year 6 Girls (missing out on silver on goal difference) and hard fought battles that just narrowly missed medals for our other teams.
In Football, the Year 4 boys and girls blew their coaches away with their amazing tackling and stamina. The Year 5 and 6 girls put in some great performances against some strong football teams and fought their way through every game. We were so impressed with their willingness to try new positions and ability to work as a team. Year 5 and 6 boys had been gearing up for the Football competition for the last 3 days- as had Mr Ramsden and Mr Lewis! The Year 5 boys were undefeated and played some excellent football to secure them second place and silver medals! Year 6 boys wowed the crowd with some highly skilful football which got them into a Year 6 final. They beat the British School of Manila convincingly to secure a deserved first place and were declared Year 6 boys Football champions! A great achievement from our footballers and one that even made Mr Lewis cry with joy.
Throughout the Championships we were most impressed with the students and their positive attitudes. They have worked incredibly hard over the last few terms to train for their events and approached this tournament with determination. They were physically and mentally pushed and each child showed that they could cope, learn and grow in this highly competitive environment. Most of all they had a fantastic learning experience and thoroughly enjoyed being part of this BISS Puxi team and sporting event. It was also warming to see how the older students supported their younger team mates, offering encouragement, support and friendship.
Thanks must go to all the coaches who worked with the students and positively supported them on this trip. Huge thanks also to all the parents who have supported their children throughout their training and to those who came along to Bangkok and lost their voices screaming from the side-lines. Your engagement has made this a wonderful example of home-school partnerships and we loved that you are “part of the pride”!
Well done students – we are very proud of you all!
FOBISIA Under 11 Coaching Team.