The Team Falcon U15 team finished in the highest position in the school’s history in last weekend’s BSME games held at New York University Abu Dhabi.
The team have been tirelessly training for several weeks; developing their fitness and perfecting their skills, enabling them to compete highly in: Athletics, Football, Netball (girls) and Volleyball (boys) against thirteen other schools from the Middle East. This preparation certainly paid off with some outstanding individual and team displays.
Competition was fierce, but our students rose to the occasion and demonstrated an attitude that any professional athlete would be proud of.
Highlights of the games included:
Football- The boys football team finished runners up in the tournament, unfortunately losing in the final 1-0. A huge achievement and a testament to their spirit, determination and talent. This was the highest finish ever by a BSME football squad.
Netball- The girls performed superbly and managed to finish 6th overall against some tough opposition. The team really battled hard in a difficult group and narrowly missed out on a finals place by goal difference.
Athletics- The team finished 5th overall. Some unbelievable achievements in both track and field.
Ines Charvet finished with gold in High Jump with a personal best jump of 1m 52cm. Ines also claimed bronze with an outstanding 800m final run. I would also like to add that Ines only just missed out on qualifying for the U13 BSME squad by one day. Such a talented athlete for her age!
Camilla Steffenino finished with a bronze in the javelin. Camilla only started throwing the javelin a few weeks ago and produced some excellent throws against twenty-seven other athletes.
Omar Sherif carried on previous BSME games form with some outstanding hopping, skipping, and jumping in the triple jump. Omar finished with a well-deserved bronze medal. We look forward to developing her huge potential in future years!
Naser Al Menhali threw his way to a silver medal in the boy’s javelin. Huge achievement, with a real natural technique that achieved outstanding results.
Paul Usieto was so unlucky not to win gold in the boy’s high jump. Paul finished with the same height as another athlete but due to previous jumps h took home the silver medal. Incredible jumping from an athlete who literally gave everything he had. Brilliant! He is gold in our books! Paul had a very busy athletics day, as he also made the individual finals for the 800m and 400m. He ran tirelessly improving his overall ranking in both races. Amazing stuff!
Ali Abdelrazek stormed his way to a bronze in the boys 200m final and bronze in the boy’s long jump. Ali also reached the final of the 100m. What a meet Ali had, he deserves all of his success and more. Ali was also part of the 4 x200m relay team that finished with silver medals. The ‘dream team’ also consisted of Hamad Alnuaimi, Paul Usieto and Harvey Busby.
The girls relay team (Khalisah, Janet, Kamilia, and Ines) was also a force to be reckoned with, finishing first in their heat and qualifying as the second fastest team. Within the final, they were just piped to the post, narrowly missing out on a top three finish. It was clear to see, that they left nothing on that track, especially Ines and Janet, who had just competed in the finals of the 800m and 400m respectively. Great job team.
These were just some of the medal finishes and finalists. The team had some outstanding performances throughout each event and managed to secure some invaluable points for the team. These athletes may not have finished with medals but are still held in the same regard to those that did.
‘I can’t put into words how proud I am of every single member of the team. They put everything into their performances for their team mates and our school. I asked them at the start of our training program to make sure they make these games were one to remember and to make memories that they can hold onto for the rest of their lives. The entire team made gold medal memories this weekend and I look forward to future games and further development of Team Falcon athletes.’ Mr. Baker
I would also like to thank our amazing staff, who trained, cheered, ran every step, kicked and threw every ball with the team. Especially Miss Harvey, who was also team leader.
Special thanks also go to Ahren and Leondri, who motivated, encouraged, coached and supported the team throughout the whole weekend.
Director of Sport