School Sport: More success for super Coopers
12:00 23 May 2014
Les Powell 17th May 2014
Gymnasts make podium at national finals
Coopers pupils produced a superb silver medal at the National Floor & Vault Gymnastics finals in Stoke.
Students perform a one-minute floor routine, linking at least six moves together with a combination of jumps, turns and other compositional elements.
And they also perform a set vault twice with the highest mark counting towards the total score, with the under-14 mixed squad clinching second place in the country with an overall team score of 114.92.
The under-19 girls produced some of the highest standard gymnastics seen by a Coopers squad to score 117.40, but just missed out on a medal in fourth place.
It was the highest placing by the school in over a decade and Lauren Mitchell had the second-highest individual score of the weekend.
Assistant head Mark Duncan said: “All the students had spent many hours training hard at lunchtimes and after school practices for this event, which certainly paid off, and the team camaraderie on the day definitely helped to raise their performance levels.
“It was a great weekend and we look forward to another excellent season starting in September.”
Under-14s: Harley Whittlestone, Mark Roe, Jack Ellerton, Scarlett Folan, Kate Walker, Jessica Sexton-Barnes.
Under-19s: Jourdana Durrell, Lauren Mitchell, Alyshah de Vos, Josephine Tang, Annabelle Hostler, Millie Hodges.
*Coopers dominated at the Havering Swimming Championships at Abbs Cross, winning five of the eight year group titles to claim the boys and girls overall titles.
The year seven, year eight and year 10/11 boys saw off their rivals for top spot, while the year nine and year 10/11 girls also claimed first place.
The year seven and eight girls were second in their group, while the year nine boys were third.
Duncan added: “It was another very strong year for Coopers in an event which, due to the prevalence of several top swimming clubs in the area, including Romford Town and Killerwhales, is always highly competitive.
“Particular strength was shown at the lower end of the school which certainly bodes well for the future. We look forward to more swimming in the Autumn term.”
Coopers sent two teams to Harrow for their opening tennis fixtures of the season, which were played in gale force winds, hailstones and torrential rainn.
The under-14s managed to win their match 7-2, while the under-15s impressed in several close matches but missed out on victory.