After last year's unheralded success in the sporting arena, The British School of Kuwait has started 2010/11 in an equally impressive fashion, picking up three winners' trophies in the International Schools and Colleges of Kuwait sporting competitions.
For four of the last five years, BSK's Under 19 Boys Basketball team have been the envy of other schools, winning the ISACK championship under the guidance of Mr Georgi Knjasev. After an uncharacteristic slow start, the boys from the Salwa school began to play in their customary dominant style, stretching to comfortable wins over The English School Fahaheel, the English Academy and New English School.
Meeting their counterparts from The English Academy again in the semi-final, BSK showed their dominance with a comfortable win and again faced rivals and close neighbours Kuwait English School in the final in a repeat of last year's win. KES started slowly and before they knew it BSK had stretched to an unassailable half time lead which became even more comfortable in the second half as BSK stretched out to 44-23 to win the ISACK Under 19 title for the fifth time in six years.
Trying to live in the footsteps of their far bigger peers were the boys from the Under 13 BSK team who since the season began in September had been unbeaten, winning against all-comers in close, exciting games which showed the standard of the sport in the British and International schools in Kuwait is continuing to rise.
Top seeded into the semi-finals, the BSK boys overcame a large and talented New English School team 27-14 and took their place in the finals against The English School, Salmiya. After an unbelievably tense opening half with nothing to choose between the two sets of players, BSK's superior shooting and disciplined defence ultimately proved the difference. A 33-23 scoreline was flattering to BSK but again the Salwa school had proved that they continue to provide the best of British education on the sporting arena as well as in the classroom.
While the boys were dominating the hoops of the international schools circuit, the BSK girls were leading the way in the volleyball competition. The Under 15 girls, dominant last year in both this sport as well as during their Basketball and Soccer seasons, were out to prove that regardless of the sport, they are the school to beat. After a great start to the season, showing even more control and determination in their play than last year, they controlled the tournament, beating The English School Fahaheel in the semi-final to again face Kuwait English School in the final for the second consecutive year. As last year, the girls in green from KES were no match for the BSK girls who triumphed in a close and high quality game, 2 sets to 0.
Commenting on these three wonderful and very different victories, BSK Director of Sport Mr Adam Gibson was elated:
“All the students have shown wonderful discipline and great hard work in achieving these outstanding results. To win in different sports means that BSK is succeeding in its commitment to give all students a chance to perform at their highest level, whatever the sport. Winning is the icing on the cake of course, and hopefully there are many more exciting games to come. Congratulations to all the players and of course to their coaches and teachers who continue to push sport at BSK to further successes.”
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