Fifth in the WorlD

In October, keen pentathlete Estella Depierre, Remove, travelled to Sahota, USA, to represent Great Britain at the Biathle and Triathle World Championships.

Competing in 90 degree heat, Estella was lined up against the other 30 finalists but managed her nerves well. The format for the race was a five target laser shoot followed by transition into an open water swim then onto a gruelling run (some of which was on sand); all of this was repeated four times.

Estella had a good start, shooting really well in the first two rounds and overtaking as much as she could in the swim and hanging on to her position throughout the run. As she tired her shooting slipped and in the final round Estella went into the swim in 8th position. With an amazing display of determination she pulled back through the swim and run overtaking all her team mates, to finish as the first GB girl and 5th in the world. With two other GB girls also coming in the top ten, this gave GB a silver team medal, just behind South Africa. The event was tough to say the least, medics were at the finish line ready to catch the girls as they came in as many had collapsed earlier in the morning due to exhaustion.

Incredibly, Estella entered the Biathle event the following morning as one of only two girls who qualified for both events. Though exhausted, Estella still managed to come in 11th overall. A very impressive performance.

Golden Ticket

Also making great leaps in the sporting world is Fifth Former, Molly Davies. Molly is no stranger to competition, entering this year’s National Schools’ Equestrian Championships as reigning champion. Molly jumped a fabulous clearfirst round on her grey pony CuffsGrangeforSure, securing her a place in the top eight. In the final, Molly was last to jump and, with all still to play for, a fast and skilful round secured her victory for the second year in a row.

Extremely impressed by Molly’s skill, the Head of the NSEA approached to offer her a ‘golden ticket’ to jump for the 1m Team in the Nation’s Cup for England. The Nation’s Cup comprised of teams from England, Scotland and Wales each with six riders per team. England put up a strong start and by the time Molly jumped victory looked certain. Molly put in another fabulous and consistent round securing victory for the England team. This was a huge honour and a credit to Molly for all her hard work.

England Selection

Danielle Gibson, Fifth Form,has also impressed with her incredible talents. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has selected Danielle for the England Women’s Academy – hotly contested winter programme for emerging talent.

At the end of September Danielle was awarded Performance of the Year for Gloucestershire Girls U15’s and Player of the Year for Gloucestershire Girls U17’s. Just one week later she was also named Player of the Year for Gloucestershire Senior Women. An outstanding achievement for such a young player, but that was not the end of her accolades. Shortly after that she was selected for the Western Storm Development Squad – Western Storm are one of the 6 regional teams in England that complete in the Women’s Cricket National Super League.

Kate Milne, Danielle’s House Mistress said: “I was absolutely delighted to hear of Danielle’s recent Academy selection by the ECB. She is a remarkable sportswoman and surely has a very bright future in cricket. She works phenomenally hard to develop her skills in the sport,so this opportunity is richly deserved, and we are all immensely proud of her.”

Congratulations to all three girls on their successes. They are all well-deserved and the results of many hours of travelling and training. Their friends and teachers look forward to supporting and following their future achievements.