February was a very busy month for the three age group Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School water polo squads.
The under-15 girls travelled to Bedford at the beginning of the month and, after winning all their matches, secured first place in the Midlands Region.
Next was the turn of the under-18 girls who had to venture to Manchester, where they again secured first position in the Northern Region.
Last week saw the youngest squad, the under-13s, journey to Bedford and qualify as runners-up in the Midland Region.
In total, 26 girls represented KGGS in the three Preliminary Rounds and each squad has qualified for their respective age group English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) National Water Polo Finals to be held shortly – an amazing achievement. This is the first time all three age groups have qualified in the same year.
Last year saw great success for the KGGS girls when both the under-16 and under-14 squads won their ESSA Tournaments and became national champions.
The under-18 and under-15 squads will want to emulate their achievements of last year when they travel to Northampton School for Boys on March 15 for their ESSA Water Polo National Finals. The under-13s will compete in the same in May.
The under-15s are from left, back – Rachel Orridge, Sadie Langdon, Harriet Underwood, Katie Knott, Georgia Coyle and Lily Jackson; front – Maddie Barnes, Phoebe Leach, Amelia Peters, Alex Barnett, Laura Harvey.
The under-13s are, from left – Millie Marriott, Beau Cann-Livingstone, Jessica Trotter, Hannah Underwood, Fiona Brown, Tazmin Brown, Naomi Solomon, Isabel Bellamy, Beth McCloughlin and Evangeline Searle.
Not pictured, KGGS under-18s comprised Naya Patel, Giorgia Bosworth, Rose Bitowt, India Wilkinson, Ellie Kirke, Georgia Coyle, Katie Knott, Lily Jackson, Amelia Peters, Alex Barnett and Maddie Barnes.
The girls all train weekly at The Meres leisure centre pool as members of Grantham Water Polo Club.
GWPC chairman Simon Walker commented on their success: “‘On behalf of the club I would like to congratulate the KGGS girls on their continued success at the highest level of school’s water polo competition. This just goes to show what can be achieved through dedication and hard work.
“Water polo is still a relatively new sport at KGGS which makes this achievement all the more impressive.
I wish them great success in their forthcoming finals.”
l GWPC are offering three free water polo trial sessions on Fridays 15th, 22nd and 29th of April, between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. If any boy or girl, born 2005 or before, is interested in attending, email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and obtain further information.