Dear BSB Sport Followers,
Season 1 has officially come to an end for all ISAC core sports and the recent U19 ACAMIS Volleyball Championships in Hong Kong hosted by Hong Kong Academy (HKA). Some highlights in Season 1 would have to be without a doubt our boys winning their first ever Gold Division Championship in U19 ACAMIS Volleyball (VB). Though the boys lost their first two matches in Pool play they finished with 3 strong and at times come from behind wins to finish ranked 2nd after Pool play. During the semi-finals they did away quickly with host HKA to set up a rematch with the number 1 ranked and undefeated International School of Macao (TIS). The Championship match went to 3 sets and also went back and forth with the boys winning it all. This is probably one of my best highlights personally for me in ACAMIS, outside our boys and girls winning U19 ACAMIS basketball Championships at TIS in 2013. On the girls’ side for ACAMIS VB, BSB finished 4th overall, but considering our entire squad is back next year and our desire to host the ACAMIS Volleyball, this means that we will be one of the favorites to win it on the girls side. Volleyball for girls is the only ACAMIS tournament we have not won as a member of the Gold Division since becoming a Gold Division member in 2010-2011. Look for the boys to repeat as Champions and the Girls to win their first ever title in 2016. I know both squads are already keen to do so.
ISAC results have also produced again some very positive signs of how far the program has come since I inherited the program back in 2012. For Season 1 we had, in total for both secondary & primary sports teams: 5-1st Place finishes, 2-2nd Place finishes, 3-3rd Place finishes, & 3 Teams awarded the trophy for Sportsmanship. I would also like to mention there are some fantastic results in the pool and all the wins in our BSB Primary Invites for football for the ISAC and non-ISAC teams who participated. On the swimming side for example, in the first scheduled Aquabears swim meet, BSB won first place in 50 out of 68 races/events. On this day there were over 30 new personal best times. For BSB Football Invites, BSB recorded at least 1 Championship in each of the Divisions for U11/U10/U9/U8 boys/girls with some divisions also winning runner-up or 3rd place in addition to the Championships. BSB Primary invites are a great way to showcase that no students on the primary level at BSB get cut and all have an opportunity to play in a Beijing city wide tournament for BSB no matter their skill level. Well done to all these players, firstly for playing and secondly for representing BSB again in a very good fashion on and off the pitch.
In this past weekend, BSB entered teams in the 14th annual BIS Phuket Football 7’s Soccer Championships for the first year. BSB sent teams in the boys and girls U11’s tournament. Though the results did not produce any championships, the experience and fun our teams had in Phuket has firmly confirmed that this will be an annual tournament for BSB. Our aim next year, is to add U13 teams in addition to the U11 teams. This single sport competition offers BSB a way to get more students/players an opportunity to experience a mini-FOBISIA, as the competitive nature of FOBISIA selection for Primary/U13’s means a lot of students will not make these FOBISIA squads given the number of try-outs for these games. The BIS Phuket trip gives opportunities and experiences to those students who may or may not get such an opportunity. Well done to our teams and coaches for all the extra time and energy it involves going out of your way to offer more and more opportunities/experiences to our students.
Keeping with the FOBISIA theme, our U15 team departs for Malaysia next week, leaving Wednesday night 18th November and returning back to Beijing on Tuesday morning 24th November. The annual games are being hosted by Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar (KTJ) (http://www.ktj.edu.my/ ). The host school to date has not posted the address for Streaming “Live” scores and matches but look for this announcement in the BSB Sport blog once we get it from KTJ. Thanks again to all of our coaches/players who started their training and preparations for these games all the way back in early September.
As always, let me know if you have any questions. Do stay posted in the next couple of months as the BSB Sports Program will be launching a new Interactive Parent Portal which will have loads of new features and apps for parents to follow BSB Sports & Activities.
And on to Season 2 (trainings): U19 Basketball (WED/FRI), U19/U14 Table Tennis (TUE/WED), U14 Volleyball (MON/THU), & U11 Handball (TUE).
Another reminder, the Secondary Late Bus departs BSB every Monday through Friday @1730. Open to all secondary students regardless of whether or not you play sport on the day.
Update from: Mr. Travis Washko, Director of Sport & PE