Schools round-up: Brighton bossing it, DESS unstoppable at Relay Gala

Denzil Pinto 22:58 28/06/2015
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Brighton College’s girls ‘A’ team celebrating their success from the badminton competition.

Brighton College added another trophy to their cabinet as their girls ‘A’ team triumphed in the ADISSA badminton tournament.

The Abu Dhabi school welcomed British School of Al Khubairat (BSAK), Raha International School, Al Yasmina and Al Bateen in the inaugural event as Under-13 boys and girls teams took to the court.

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Each team consisted of four players with overall accumulated points across their singles and doubles encounters determining the winners. Brighton’s ‘A’ team, which consisted of Laura Holtslag, Lilya Rameshni, Chloe Perry and Swaathi S, dominated in their category to come out on top ahead of runner-up Al Yasmina, while the hosts’ ‘B’ side clinched third place.

BSAK denied Brighton a double victory, as they put on strong displays to emerge champions in the boys event. Brighton’s ‘A’ team battled hard to finish second, while Al Bateen took third spot.

The tournament ensured Brighton ended their season on a high and director of sport Simon Crane was delighted by the players’ efforts.

Runners-up: Brighton College boys ‘A’ team.

“It was a tremendous effort by all the children from all schools as there were some exciting and challenging matches and we look forward to seeing some more thrilling matches when the new academic year begins in September,” he said.

For Brighton, it has been a special season and one they will remember.  In 38 competitions across seven different sports including netball and football, Brighton have taken top honours 22 times.

“It’s a fantastic achievement and we’ve worked really hard now to push the sport curriculum,” he said.

“I was hoping for a string of success but it was a surprise to have achieved this on such a large scale.”

DESS are at their unstoppable best at the Relay Gala

Dubai English Speaking School (DESS) completed a clean sweep in their five major tournaments by triumphing at the JESS Relay Gala.

In an event which attracted the top four swimming teams in Dubai – JESS, Ranches and GEMS World Academy – competition was always going to be tough and that proved to be the case.

With competitive races in the pool, DESS began to pull away to lead the standings and eventually emerged champions.

In at the deep end: Dubai English Speaking School dominated JESS Relay Gala.

JESS finished runners-up, while Ranches claimed third place. GEMS World Academy took fourth spot.

It was a season to remember especially after winning more than 30 medals at the BSME Games in Oman, as well as several victories in inter-school tournaments. 

Additionally, more than 30 school records have also been broken.

Chris Rowe, director of sport,  who is leaving the school after eight years in charge, said: “It has been an incredible experience to coach such a talented group of swimmers to this level of success. 

“I feel privileged to be involved with the school’s swimming achievements.”

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