‘Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games’ participation

Congratulations to Grosvenor pupils Gareth Reid, Luke Wallace, Andrew Proctor, Emma Kee and Lucy Craig, as well as former pupil Samuel Gourley, who were each selected to represent Northern Ireland at the prestigious ‘Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games’, held in Manchester earlier in the month.

Fencers Gareth, Upper Sixth, and Luke, Form Four, were selected to participate in the Men’s Foil category at the Bolton Arena, performing superbly to help Northern Ireland to a bronze medal in the team event despite the high standard of competition evident.

On the athletics track Andrew Proctor, Lower Sixth, followed up his silver medal at last year’s Irish Schools’ Championships, as a member of Grosvenor’s 4x100 metres Intermediate Boys’ relay team, as well as his selection to represent Ulster at the prestigious Interprovincial Championships, held in Dublin in June, by achieving selection to represent Northern Ireland at Under 17 level in the individual 400 metres event, as well as the 4x400 metres relay.

In table tennis, meanwhile, Grosvenor was fortunate enough to have two representatives, with second formers Emma Kee and Lucy Craig each achieving selection. Despite their tender years both girls have achieved top-4 rankings within Northern Ireland at Under 18 level of late, with notable achievements over the past year including Emma’s victory at the ‘Ulster Closed Championships’ last December and Lucy’s second-placed finish at the ‘Ulster Open’ in February. At the ‘School Games’ itself the girls also performed admirably to help Northern Ireland to a commendable fourth placed finish in the team event, with victories coming against the North West and Wales.

In addition former pupil Samuel Gourley, who was in Upper Sixth at Grosvenor at the time of selection, was chosen as a member of the men’s epee team which also won a bronze medal at the event.

Selection to compete at the ‘Sainsbury's 2015 School Games’ represents the pinnacle of achievement for School-age sporting competitors; the event aims to re-enforce the experience of Olympic and Paralympic Games - complete with Opening and Closing Ceremonies - and, along with its predecessor the UK School Games (2006-2011), has a strong track-record of providing a springboard for athletes who then go on to compete at a national level. This year’s event featured over 1600 competitors from throughout the U.K., aided by approximately 700 coaches, support staff and volunteers, across twelve current and future Olympic and Paralympic sports.          

Given the scale of the event, as well as the standard of performances evident across all sports, it is to their huge credit that Gareth, Luke, Andrew, Emma, Lucy and Samuel not only achieved selection to compete, but also performed so credibly at this year's Games; all at Grosvenor now look forward to following the sporting fortunes of this outstanding quartet over the coming season.

Left to right: Lucy Craig, Gareth Reid, Andrew Proctor and Emma Kee, flanked by Principal Dr. Vasey and Northern Ireland Atheltics coach Mrs Kirk, each of whom were selected to represent Northern Ireland at this year's 'Sainsbury's School Games' in Manchester.