Old Salopian Day 30 September 2017
As we arrived back at the Schools to a very impressive, ‘state of the art’ Astro turf pitch the heavens opened – well it wouldn’t be an Old Salopian match without torrential rain!
However, not only did we manage to get a full Old Salopian side together (admittedly with the help of a current pupil as our goalkeeper), we even had a couple of subs. This was extremely handy when we remembered just how vast a hockey pitch is! The majority of Old Salopians had not played for several years (some not since school) and hence having to put on shin pads, gum shields and adopt that ‘hunched over stance’ was no mean feat!
The game got off to a rather one-sided start with the current girls showing their impressive stamina and skills. The old girls conceded a goal rather early on; however, instead of dampening our spirits, this spurred us to get our ‘game faces’ on and released our competitive streaks once again! It was very much a game of two halves. The first being a complete eye opener for the old girls, leaving them no chance to try and catch their breath…; after a marvellous performance from the current girls scoring five wonderful goals, it was time to turn things around. We finally got into the swing of things and after the third short corner in a row, the old girls managed to win back one goal. It was a sterling performance from the current girls, who showed their true ability and passion for the game and fully deserved their victory. Nevertheless it was a really entertaining game and I know the old girls would have been up for an immediate re-match, despite being drenched! However, we will save that for next year in the hope we can pull back a few more goals!
I would like to say a big thank you to all those who played this year (and to the organisers); it was great to have so many girls and supporters back and to produce a full game of enjoyable hockey. Bring on next year!
Annie Brentnall (MSH 2009-11) completed the Brighton Marathon despite an ankle injury at the beginning of the year. This is an outstanding achievement and shows how determined and hardworking she has been throughout her rigorous training and recuperation. Annie should be extremely proud of herself – we certainly are!
Lois Davis (MSH 2009-11) took part in the Great South Run for the Royal British Legion late last year in Portsmouth. This was to raise money for the rehabilitation and specialist care and support unit for injured service men and women and their families. Lois completed the 10 mile race in a tremendous time of 1hr 25 minutes. This is a fantastic cause and it is wonderful to see Lois supporting the charity and running a great race.
The London Marathon is always well supported by Salopians: it is both humbling and remarkable to see so many athletes pushing themselves to new limits.
Earlier this year, I (Elle Gurden MSH 2008-10) was fortunate enough to participate in a once in a lifetime sporting experience. In January, I went to Innsbruck to undertake the challenge of the Skeleton and Bobsleigh with the British Olympic Team, hosted by the Outward Bound Charity Trust. After comprehensive training on the skeleton I raced down the track head first at a speed of up to 90km/h; the feeling of exhilaration was extraordinary! Next I joined the 4 man bobsleigh, hitting speeds of over 120km/h. This was undeniably one of the biggest adrenalin rushes I have ever had and I was extremely lucky to be a part of such an unbelievable adventure.
I am pleased to report that the Old Salopian netball team have restarted and meet weekly to play in a South London intermediate level league. We now have a solid group of regular players which is enabling us to work on our individual positions at the same time as developing strong team skills. The team put on a promising performance to start the season and I am confident we are going to grow each week to become serious competition for our opponents.
Finally, if anyone in London is interested in joining us, please do contact me, through the club: firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, if there are any OS sportswomen competing in events, please reach out to the Salopian network; we would love to hear all about your achievements.