Students at Castell Alun High School are living up to their high expectations in the sporting arena. After a few superb sporting years for the school, recent national successes have once again confirmed the calibre of athletic boys and girls being produced by the school.
Simon Price, Year 12, has taken the Welsh Under 18’s Mountain Biking title and has won a number of events around the country recently.
Cerys Jones of Year 9 has just won the bronze and silver medal in the prestigious AMA Northwest Karate Championships and then went on to take the gold medal at KATA BKI National Championships. She hopes now to go on to represent her country in the near future.
Indeed the current Year 9 cohort encompasses a large number of athletic students, with both the boys and girls teams qualifying for the Welsh Athletics National Championships in Brecon. At the event Issac Lecki set a new discus record for Wales – quite a feat! Tegan Rawsthorne, 13 from Higher Kinerton, also won her event, the 100m by quite some way and is tipped to go onto great things by many top coaches.
The Boys School Tennis Team also won the North Wales qualifying round of schools’ tennis championships and thus qualified for the national UK Rounds. With further personal sporting success Issac Lecki again, with team-mates, Will Owens, Toby Rees Slawson, Zac Hewitt, and Aiden De Winter all represented Castell Alun to a very high standard and are eager to make their mark on the national scene now also.
In Golf, Matthew Sandoz of Year 9 has had yet another successful season. Matthew is a member of the Golf Union of Wales Regional Squad and won the Denbighshire County Boys U15 and U13 Championship at Abergele and finished 2nd in the North Wales Boys U13 Championship with a gross 73 at Holywell. Perhaps his greatest achievement, however, was winning the Welsh Boys U13s Championship at Llangollen. Matthew is highly likely to be picked to play for Wales in the coming seasons, an accolade becoming of both his talent and dedication to the sport.
4 Year 10 girls have played for the Flintshire U16’s Hockey Team at a tournament in Rydal. Shannon Samuel, Lucy Jones, Nia Pritchard Taylor and Harriet Le Tissier all performed exceptionally well and helped their team to a resounding victory at the tournament, as did Molly Cross from the school Sixth Form who represented the U18’s team.
Well done to netballers Lily Cottle and Lucy Thompson for representing U14 Flintshire at the North East Wales Triangular Tournament. They will now have a trial for the U14 North East Wales Team. Well done also to Holly Atkinson who represented the U16 North East Squad and Tara Young, Lucy Fowles, Erin Chadwick and Celyn Jones who represented the U18 squad. Incredibly Flintshire actually won all of the age groups at this prestigious tournament! Our netball teams are brimming with talent at Castell Alun, with the Year 8 team for beating John Summers 6-3 and Connahs Quay 4-3 at the play night just a couple of weeks ago.