Oldbury Wells School

Superhero Showcase!

 

Friday, May 05, 2017

 

We have a number of students at Oldbury Wells who participate at exceptionally high levels in sports outside of school. We thought it would be good to showcase their talent as they never sing it from the rooftops themselves!


George Mills-Keeling – Year 10



George Mills-Keeling, third from the right, competing in one of his races

Year 10 student George Mills-Keeling has recently been ranked first in the Under 16 Youth (road) category on the British Cycling website after winning in two races this year and coming 2nd, 3rd and 4th in other races. The keen cyclist is a member of  the Wolverhampton Wheelers Cycling Club and trains for over 15 hours each week. He regularly travels up and down the country to compete in races. In January and March he outstripped over 100 competitors to claim first place in races at Stourport and Milton Keynes. George has an important season ahead and is determined to compete in all national road and track events this year. His ambition for 2017 is to qualify for the Junior British Cycling Olympic Programme which will allow George to ride in the World Cup and World Championships in March 2018. We wish George all the very best and have no doubt that his determination and hard work will pay off. 



George Mills-Keeling, first on the podium!


Daniel Galloway – Year 7

Daniel is one of our most talented Year 7 pupils, who competes at incredibly high levels in a range of sports. He recently competed in the Shropshire County Championships for swimming, winning the Top Boy Trophy in his age group. This  enabled him to enter the West Midland Swimming Championships in April and May. He attended an Olympic Training Day as part of the English Talent Programme for Pentathlon in Malvern in March and attended a three-day training course at Easter. Daniel is also involved in various cross country events this spring. He came third in the National Year 7 Final in Loughborough on Saturday 25th March and 4th place in the National Schools Biathlon at Crystal Palace on Sunday 26th March. He is certainly a busy young man and one for us all to keep an eye on! Well done Daniel.

Year 7 student Daniel Galloway in action

Jack Haynes – Year 8 

You wouldn’t know it to talk to him, but super modest Year 8 Jack is swimming all over the country most weekends! At the Wyre Forest Open Meet in December, Jack took gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle events, smashing personal best times every time he took to the water.  He then competed for Wolverhampton Swimming Club in the National Arena League held at Leamington Spa, where he was called upon to swim in 13/Under, 15/Under and Open events!  He competed admirably against the much older swimmers and more than held his own in the Men’s Open 6x2 Freestyle Relay.

In January, Jack took part in the City of Derby Level 1 meet held at Pond’s Forge in Sheffield.  He then moved onto a weekend long training camp at the London Aquatics Centre with Wolverhampton Swimming Club. Jack and the team completed three sessions in the Olympic Pool, each swimming over 15 miles in total over the two days.

February was all about the Staffordshire County Championships with sessions held over three weekends. Jack qualified for eight events, made six age group finals, set eight PBs in the heats and then smashed four of them again in the finals. Jack left Stafford with five regional times and three individual County medals.

In March Jack competed individually in the Stourbridge Crystal Meet, in the Staffordshire Swimming League and in the Staffordshire County Relay Championships. He will also represent Oldbury Wells in the British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre Arena.

April brought the Gloucester City Level 2 Meet and the West Midlands Region Long Course Championships held in Coventry. May will see Jack swimming in the Northampton Level 1 meet held in Corby, before the Torfaen Dolphins Open Meet at Cardiff’s International Pool in June.

We are very proud of Jack’s accomplishments, and wish him all the best of luck in his upcoming events over the next few months! 


Jack Haynes, Year 8 student with his numerous medals!

Jamie Berrow – Year 10 

Jamie Berrow was the worthy recipient of the Special Recognition at the Oldbury Wells Sports Awards Evening last Summer in July, but since then he has gone from strength to strength.  In August, Jay represented his country as part of the GB Kickboxing Team, competing at the WAKO Junior World Championships held in Dublin. He had some very tough fights all week, but was on top form and won them all. This gave him a position in the final, where he fought another, larger boy from Team GB. Unfortunately he was unable to beat him and finished with a silver medal, giving them a number 2 world ranking.

In February, Jay took part in the annual WAKO British Championships in Birmingham. It was a very busy weekend, where he fought several matches. He walked away with the British Champion title again for the 3rd year in a row. This, along with the results from the World Championships, should ensure he has a place on the GB squad for the European championships in September, in Montenegro. 

In addition to all of his kickboxing commitments, Jay was offered a place on the GB Taekwondo Talent Pathway Programme. He started taekwondo just over a year ago and has only taken part in three tournaments, winning two of them. He is now in the final selection process and will train away at their headquarters in Manchester at the end of March and we will hear in May if he has been successful in making the squad.  Well done Jamie – we are all keeping our fingers crossed for you!


Jamie Berrow, Year 10 student, with his well deserved trophy


 

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