National Recognition at IAPS Athletics Championships
Leweston had a very successful meet at the 2017 IAPS National Athletics Championships in the last week of term...
Sport and Physical Education play an important part of everyday life at Leweston and the girls and staff are committed to an impressive range of sports.
The mainstream sports of Hockey and Netball are well represented with opportunities at all levels and girls are regularly selected for regional representation and compete, with success, in regional competitions. The netballers enjoyed the first ever overseas tour to South Africa in 2013 to start what is hoped to be a regular programme of tours.
Cross Country continues to flourish and after being National Champions in 2009 and the school enjoys a tremendous reputation on the cross country circuit. It is no surprise that there is a tailor made programme for all runners at whatever level they perform. Similarly the swimming programme is the envy of many with girls enjoying being put through their paces in the early morning sessions. There are coached swim sessions every day catering for beginners and elite performers. The latter, rather like the runners, have individual programmes to fit around their busy academic, music or drama commitments.
It is perhaps, in the combination of swimming and running, that the school is gaining unrivalled success...
In both 2013 and 2014 six girls were selected for the Great British Biathle squad to compete in the European Championships. In 2013 Three of these girls went on to represent Great Britain in the World Biathle Championships in Cyprus where a Leweston girl achieved a Gold medal and GB were by far the most successful Nation.
The Biathle is often seen as a precursor to other multi sports events such as the Biathlon, Triathlon, Tetrathlon or Modern Pentathlon and it is therefore no surprise that Leweston girls are involved in all of these events successfully at National level. One of our Sixth Formers is supported by Leweston on the GB World Class programme and in her quest for Olympic selection.
To enable similar success there are many ‘pockets of excellence’ in which girls receive tuition and coaching whether singularly or in small groups, so as to enable them to achieve the best they can whether it be in shooting, fencing, ballet, basketball, tennis, athletics, football, golf, show jumping, sailing or even rugby. This is supported by a rigorous and varied extra-curricular and activities programme where such activities as Zumba, Yoga, Lacrosse, Ribbon Dance, Aerobics, Horse Riding or Self-Defence are available to the girls at some point in their school career. The footballers compete annually in the National competition and this year 5 Leweston girls were selected to attend the National ISFA training week. Leweston has girls competing for British Young Riders Dressage, at National level and events such as show jumping, athletics, tennis. Girls from Leweston even participate in county rugby teams!
Leweston’s supportive and nurturing environment is very evident in sport and girls are offered many opportunities to be mentored and guided. Above all the girls are encouraged to pursue their interests, be the very best they can, and enjoy sport!
Sara Guy, Director of Sport at Leweston