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Coopers miss out, but Ross makes waves

Coopers Coborn's under-18s girls hockey squad with headteacher Dr David Parry Coopers Coborn's under-18s girls hockey squad with headteacher Dr David Parry

Friday, January 17, 2014
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Girls hockey squad frustrated at finals

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Ross Jarvis (right) is making fine progress in his rowing careerRoss Jarvis (right) is making fine progress in his rowing career

Coopers Coborn School saw their hopes of more hockey success at the National Indoor finals shattered in Bromsgrove at the weekend.

The under-18 girls – who won the school’s first national title as under-16s in 2012 and were runners-up last year – beat Claire’s Court School 5-3 on Saturday.

But the Upminster pupils – sponsored by Allen Ford, Corbets Tey – then lost 3-1 to Queen Elizabeth Grammar in their next match.

And, after a 3-3 draw with Dean Close early on Sunday morning, they were beaten 4-2 by the hosts in their final group match.

That left Coopers – whose squad was hit by illness – in fourth place and saw them miss out on the semi-finals as Repton went on to win the title. A spokesman said: “With public schools adding international players to their ranks on scholarship programmes compared to under-16 level, the girls found it difficult to replicate the feat of previous years.

“They were, as always, fantastic ambassadors of the school, showing grit and determination throughout in front of some 40 travelling Coopers supporters.

“And as double East of England champs this season, the season is only half complete with the outdoor nationals to look forward to at the end of February.”

Former Coopers Coborn pupil Ross Jarvis, meanwhile, has been making waves in the world of rowing recently.

Jarvis, who started studying at the Upminster School in 2005, took up rowing in Year-10 and won the Havering Indoor Championships title two years in succession.

After competing at the London Youth Games, where he rowed on water for the first time, Jarvis left Coopers at the end of Year-11 as his family were emigrating to Sydney, Australia.

And he has been training more seriously during his time Down Under, winning three gold medals at the New South Wales Championships last year.

Jarvis won the under-21 single scull, double scull and open quad scull, before going on to claim three national titles. Mark Duncan, assistant head at Coopers, said: “His performanecs were captured on Youtube and subsequently seen by Harvard University.

“They were so impressed by his performances, they offered him a place at their prestigious institute.

“Ross accepted the place and is now studying at one of the best universities in the world, whilst also adhering to an intense rowing programme. He has already broken a Harvard freshman record on the indoor machines for 5k.”

Jarvis is now targetting a US national title and hopes to compete for Australia – he holds dual nationality – at the World Under-23 Championships.

“Ultimately he is aiming for a place on the Australian team at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo,” added Duncan.

“What a journey. Well done to Ross from everyone at Coopers.

“He is certainly a role model for others, with his calm and collected approach as well as fierce determination, we hope many will look up to and follow.”

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