13 Jun 2022
A week in Sport - w/e 10th June 2022

Mr Lavery writes...

For the smooth running of our sporting programmes, it is vital that students plan and communicate effectively. As a reminder, should a student feel they need to request a Saturday off school sport, they should contact their sports coach two weeks before the date concerned. All requests will be considered but they should be reasonable and appropriate. Events such as notable family birthdays (such as a parent's 50th), weddings and funerals are, of course, considered to be reasonable. However, trips to the cinema, theatre, a football match or club fixture would generally not be deemed suitable reasons to miss a fixture. In addition, we do ask families to plan any holiday time around our school calendar and we will continually strive to have Saturday fixtures online at least three months in advance.

Rowing

While the rest of the KGS Boat Club spent the half-term holiday training on home water, Matilda Drewett spent four days training and racing with some of the country's top junior scullers. Matilda, who is in the Lower Sixth, joined a group of eight female scullers at the GB Rowing Team HQ in Caversham for three days of training and testing. The group were split into two quads to race some of the country's best adult crews at the Metropolitan Regatta at Dorney Lake. Racing as Nautilus Boat Club, Matilda's crew qualified fourth fastest and ranked fifth overall in the final. The week provided a valuable opportunity for the leading athletes to spend time together before final selection and crew formation for the 2022 World Rowing Under 19 Championships, in Varese, Italy, at the end of July.

Back at KGS, the senior squad have a busy few weeks coming up, with the Reading Amateur Regatta this Saturday. The boys race at Marlow and the girls at Henley Women's Regatta the following weekend before Henley Royal Regatta in the penultimate week of term.

Mr M Gough

Cricket

In our last block fixture before half term we took on Ibstock Place throughout the age groups. While the U14 and 1st XI matches were scuppered by the Friday rain, we were still able to play the majority of matches. There were excellent shows of skill and awareness that led to a number of wins, showing that the hard work is really starting to pay off. We saw wins from our U15A boys' and girls' teams, our U13A girls and all our U12 sides and it was encouraging to see individual performances now building into collective progress.

This week we welcome Emanuel School to Ditton Field, as well as the return of the Sturgeon XI made up of alumni on Sunday. They play the 1st XI at 1.30pm at Ditton Field. Students and parents are welcome to join us for an afternoon of cricket in the sun!

Mr S Lavery