Sporting Success for Equestrian, Sailing and Golf Teams
17 May 2023 - All
Wycombe Abbey pupils are encouraged to follow their passions, whatever they may be. Over the last few months, the Equestrian, Sailing and Golf teams have had great success in their respective sports. It is great to hear of their success, and we hope they continue to go from strength to strength and the Sport department will be there to facilitate where possible.
Our sailors, India (LV) and Pippa (LIV), have enjoyed an exceptional year and, over Easter, added to their list of achievements!
Both girls performed exceptionally well in the recent GBR Optimist Selection Trials, which comprised 11 races over four days and is held for the top 80 Optimist sailors in the UK at the National Sailing Academy in Weymouth.
India finished 9th overall and qualified as the first girl for the European Championships, which is taking place in Thessaloniki, Greece, in mid-July.
Pippa finished 33rd overall and qualified as first girl for the GBR Development Team, taking part in the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy in Cascais, Portugal, in early July.
India is a member of the GBR Racing Team and is one of the top U15 sailors in the country. Pippa is part of the GBR Development Team and, as an U13, is one of the top sailors in a group comprising mainly of U15 sailors.
Our equestrian team has been improving in leaps and bounds (literally!) over the year and capped off a successful season with a top-five place at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Our team of riders – Allegra (LV), Cassandra (LV), Sydney (LIV) and Daria (LIV) – rode with poise and maturity and in true Wycombe Abbey spirit. They were not even daunted by the occasion or having to ride first! With two clear rounds and some minor faults, all four riders rode aggressively to ensure they held their place at the top of the table.
Well done to all our riders and ponies! Another member of our equestrian team, Mara (LV), was Eventing at Aston Le Walls this weekend. She started with a fabulous dressage score to top the leaderboard by 0.3 going into the show jumping and cross country. Again, in true Wycombe Abbey style, she kept her cool and managed to keep her lead and take the win. Mara has recently been given the opportunity to have a test ride in the international 2* test at Belsay International. This will give Mara invaluable experience for her preparation to ride internationally and contest the GB Trials later in the year.
In April, Serena (LV) succeeded at the South African Golf Open in Johannesburg, beating the South African number 1 ranked player to win. She has been playing golf for several years and is coached at School. Well done!
Mrs Alison Earnshaw-Punnet
Head of Sport Performance
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