At the Independent Schools Judo Championships in High Wycombe last weekend, there were some excellent Westminster performances which resulted in 2 Gold and 1 Bronze individual medals as well as retaining the Small Team Trophy won in 2018. In the Under 73Kg, Rei Yamahara retained his title, having won the Gold medal in the same category last year, whilst Niccola Bargioni won a Bronze in the same division. Meanwhile, Jimin Park also won a Gold medal in the Under 66Kg section to complete a very successful day’s work for the Westminster team.
Over half-term, there was strong Westminster involvement at the GB Junior Trials. Over both days, Westminster pairs finished in the top ten with the Stevenson twins sixth on day one with Arav Sawhney and Adam Von Bismarck 9th. Day two, saw the combinations changed with James Stevenson and Sawhney sixth and Angus Stevenson and Von Bismarck 9th.
Meanwhile the Westminster 2nd VIII won a rowing match 2-1 against an Imperial College 2nd VIII containing recent Old Westminsters Ed Bentley and Jonny Edwards.
Looking ahead, the Boat Race crews are being finalised with a good deal of Westminster School Boat Club experience involved. At Oxford, we have the OUWBC Women’s President in Ellie Shearer, who is coxing the Oxford Women’s Blue Boat.
At Cambridge, we have CUBC Men’s Blue Boat Cox in Matthew Holland and the CUWBC Women’s Blue Boat Cox in Hugh Spaughton. Also, there is Reginald Mitchell stroking the Goldie (CUBC reserve crew), and, Jessica Godden who is Captain of the CUWLRC Lightweight Women’s Crew.
A special mention to Mr Allchin who competed in the National Cross Country Championships in Leeds over the half-term. In a top class field, he finished an extremely creditable 90th out of over 2000 competitors.
Herbie Bingham, Thomas Adamo & Isaac Adni have all been selected to compete at the prestigious English Schools XC Champs which this year is being held in Leeds on Sat 16th March. Each county picks a team of 8 runners per age group, so just to compete at this level is a huge achievement.
Just before half-term, there was the denouement of the 2019 House Senior 11-a-side competition. After hard-fought and competitive matches, it was Liddell’s, Milner’s, Dryden’s and Grant’s who made it through to the semi-finals. Thereupon, Grant’s beat Liddell’s (1-0) and Dryden’s overcame Milne’s (3-1) to reach the Final, and, it was the Drydenites who took the honours with a 2-0 victory.
The half-term was ushered in with a very close encounter between the Leavers from the 3rd/4th XI and the Common Room. Once again, the maxim of a “good old’un beats a good young’un” was proved true as the staff triumphed by 1-0.