Our GEMS Jaguars continued to represent the school strongly on and off the playing arenas during Season 2. It is always a tough task to stay organised and committed during this season due to the Festive Holidays, and our athletes are commended for their effort and support for each other throughout the season. We continue to set and strive to achieve high standards in our sports program and are pleased with the progress seen from season to season due in no small part to the dedication of our coaches and the enthusiasm of our students.
Notable team achievements in Season 2
12U Girls Basketball - 1st place
14U Boys Football A - 2nd place
14U Girls Football - 2nd Place
19U Rugby 7s - 2nd place
Congratulations to those teams that managed to work hard enough to earn a medal. While it is always nice to get a successful end to the season, it is also important that players and teams acknowledge and celebrate achieving their own individual milestones throughout the season whether they won or not.
Our GEMS Jaguars Swim Team recently competed in the ACSIS Middle School meet. Despite not taking away any medals from this event every swimmer came away with Personal Best times for their respective events. This shows the results of many hours of training in the pool and dedication to being better. Further evidence of this is the 13 swimmers that qualified for the Singapore National Age Group Championships that will take place later in March. This is the first time we will have GEMS swimmers in this event and we are very proud of their achievements and wish them all the very best.
Finally, in Season 2, our 19U Rugby 7s boys were lucky enough to be invited to compete in the SEASAC Rugby Tournament hosted by the Australian International School. As a guest team, this allowed our boys the opportunity to test themselves against some of the bigger and better schools in the South East Asia region - Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia. Our squad did themselves and our school proud. Finishing fourth out of the six teams and nearly causing a few upsets along the way against the teams that eventually played in the final. The character showed by the boys was outstanding as they played on through injuries and some of our younger boys were confident enough to step up and play against much older and more experienced opponents. To cap off a successful tournament, our team was presented with the Sportsmanship Award.
Season 3 teams are already in action and again we are looking for our athletes to demonstrate the commitment and perseverance required to allow themselves and their team-mates to develop and improve over the following weeks. Progress can be made within a short amount of time if every player is organised and puts the effort in.
GWA Games Dubai
The first Jaguars Team to compete in an international sports event travelled to the GWA Games in Dubai over the last week of January. Along with hosts Dubai, GWA Switzerland brought teams for what is planned to now be an annual event in the GWA sporting calendar. What a fantastic experience this was for all involved! With an emphasis on connecting with other GWA students, the sporting activities became the perfect avenue for establishing and strengthing these new connections and relationships.
Our students were outstanding as both athletes and ambassadors for GEMS (Singapore). They led the way in breaking the ice with the other students and exemplified what sportsmanship is throughout the tournament. The successes were many for our athletes both as individuals and in their teams, and we came back to Singapore with a stack of medals and trophies.
Some of the notable achievements from the tournament include our teams winning the following tournaments:
14U Girls Basketball
16U Girls Basketball
14U Girls Football
16U Girls Football
14U Boys Track and Field
16U Boys Track and Field
14U Boys Swimming
The following athletes from GEMS (Singapore) were also named as MVP for the games:
Jasmine Pho - 14U and 16U Girls Basketball
India Bowles - 16U Girls Football
Shido Fujita - 14U Boys Basketball
Ayushman Prasad - 16U Boys Football
The GWA Games was one of those experiences that our students will remember when they think of their time here at GEMS (Singapore). Luckily this is going to be a yearly fixture and we will host the 2nd GWA Games here in Singapore in 2020. This will be a fantastic occasion for us to showcase all that is special about our school and community. But for now, a huge congratulations to all of our athletes that represented our school with pride and respect.
GEMS Triathlon Academy presented by Emma Carney
Providing a viable pathway for young triathletes between the ages of 8 and 18, the GEMS Triathlon Academy run in partnership with double World Champion Emma Carney will kick off in April at the first clinic from the 20th to 24th. If your child is interested in joining this high-performance academy please email me; Danny Tauroa <email@example.com
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