King’s Orienteers bring home the medals
King’s Orienteers came home triumphant once again from the British Schools Championships , held nearer to home in Broxbourne. Due to the relatively close proximity of the event families came to support the children and to experience the excitement of a large orienteering event. Fortunately our start times were mid morning which gave us the advantage of knowing what the competition was as many results were already up.
William Louth in Year 8 was the first to run for King’s. He finished in first place, a position he held right up until the last minute, when he was ousted into second and silver medal position by a known rival. James Jeffery Year 6 also came second having completed his course in a very fast time and won a silver medal. Matilda McManus Year 5 ran her fastest race yet and came third winning a bronze in her first National Championship. These individual positions make James, William and Matilda the second and third fastest school children in the country in their year group - awesome!
King’s excelled themselves with James Jeffery, William Young and Nicholas Budenberg achieving bronze medal position in the Year 6 boys team category, and the Year 8 boys team won gold with the fastest combined positions of Alex Darling, William Louth and James Young. Stephanie Budenberg flew the flag for Year 7 girls and finished successfully after a good run. Anthony Ford and Wilson Jeffery in Year 5 each had a brilliant race finishing 9th and 10th respectively - they just needed some more mates to make a team. Anna Darling and Hester Dewhurst came back smiling having successfully navigated themselves out of some tricky decision making situations – well done to you all.
What is wonderful about these Championships is, that not only is there an opportunity to excel as an individual but the fastest competitor from each year contributes to a whole school trophy. King’s came runners up (Barnadiston won – again!) in the Middle-Prep category with a combined Year 5-8 team of Matilda McManus, James Jeffery, Alex Darling and William Louth all receiving silver medals.
I am so proud of all the children who were real ambassadors for the school and who have raised the orienteering profile of King’s nationally - a GREAT team effort. Huge thanks must go to the parents who have ferried, supported and celebrated in the successes and to Mrs. Richardson for her moral support. I very much appreciate it.
The King’s Orienteering team this year was:
Year 5: Anna Darling, Hester Dewhurst, Anthony Ford, Wilson Jeffery, Matilda McManus
Year 6: Nicholas Budenberg, James Jeffery, William Young.
Year 7: Stephanie Budenberg, Alex Darling. Year 8: William Louth, James Young .