IT HAS been a superb start to 2017 for the King Edward VI School sports programme including success on the rugby pitch, fencing piste, netball court and lake.
Meanwhile, KES fencers Joe Pocknell and Lizzie Moffat are celebrating after earning Great Britain call-ups.
The duo have been selected for the British squad which will compete at the U17 European Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, later this year.
Joe (year 12) finished seventh out of 176 entries at the International Moedling Cadet Circuit Competition in Austria, whilst Lizzie (also year 12) came third at the British U17 National Championships and is also ranked in the top ten in Britain at U20 level.
KES now have a dozen boys in the top 36 U17 sabre fencers in the country.
Elsewhere, the KES rugby team put Australian tourists to the sword.
KES enjoyed good wins against King Edward VI School Aston, Bablake, Old Swinford Hospital and King Edward VI School Camp Hill, as well as the 1st and 2nd XV producing thrilling performances against Trinity Grammar School from Melbourne as both teams won convincingly.
The KES netball A and B squad won in impressive fashion against Alcester Grammar School before entering the Stratford Tournament – playing against women’s teams from across the county – in which they won three and lost two as this thriving group of U18 girls showed huge promise.
They continued their good form by beating Bloxham School as more than 25 girls represented the 1st, 2nd and 3rd VII.
The KES rowers won five out of eight races at the Northampton Head.
The 1st VIII won this event two years ago and this time around rowing captain Esme Booth returned from injury to win two races.
The Novice 4 dominated their event to win again this year – KES’ fourth consecutive victory in this event at Northampton.
It was a fantastic day for KES who won five events and came second in the other three.
In all, 19 KES rowers competed, including six debutants.
Elsewhere, the hugely successful U14 rugby team and Ball Cup-winning rowing squad have been nominated for the Junior Team of the Year accolade at the 2017 Stratford District Sports Awards.
The rowers won the 2016 Ball Cup in both the male and female categories at the Olympic Lake in Eton Dorney last May and the U14 rugby team have won 28 out of 29 games (and counting) in two years.
KES Director of Sport, Richard Mahony, said: “KES has had a great start to the year with more than 250 students representing the school in our performance sports – rowing, hockey, rugby, fencing and netball.
“The success is down to the hard work of both the students and the coaches in charge. I really am delighted with the ambition and aspiration of the people who work and compete within the programme.”