Crufts Here We Come!
Abigail Larton, has been training her dog, Jazz, in 'agility'. This means that Abigail has to run round a course of obstacles with Jazz, encouraging her pup to jump over them, weave in and out of them, walk along them or through them! Both Jazz and Abigail need to be really fit to take part and Jazz must be trained to take on the obstacles correctly and follow Abigails' instructions.
Together they have taken part in some competitions and had lots of success, so much so that they entered a qualifying round for the famous annual dog show 'Crufts'. Amazingly, Abigail and Jazz won the round and will now be competing at Crufts in March - what a fabulous achievement! We are all looking forward to hearing how the duo get on!
Ballet Dancer's Brilliance!
Lucy Bunce in Year 5, has been dancing since the age of 3. She attends LAMATA School of Dance, in Morecambe taking part in 3-4 sessions each week, including ballet, tap, modern, drama and acro.
After achieving distinctions in her ballet exams, Lucy's teacher, Miss Aveine, suggested she applied for a scholarship with the British Ballet Organisation.
Lucy was invited to audition and attended Elmhurst Dance School, in Birmingham, where she took part in a gruelling hour long audition, being assessed by 5 distinguished professionals. The audition included demonstrations of various ballet positions and routines by the panel, which Lucy then had to recreate.
Over 200 students took part in the auditions, with only 10 scholarship places available for the North of England.
A few weeks later, Lucy was delighted to receive a letter, informing her that she had received a scholarship place.
Lucy's scholarship starts in January and she will travel to Manchester once a month to receive 2 hours 45 minutes of tuition from some of the most respected teachers in the country. The classes will involve classical ballet and Lucy will also attend dance days and an intensive 'Scholars Weekend' at Elmhurst, Birmingham.
The specialist training that scholars have received has helped many of them to gain places at many of the UK's finest vocational schools, leading to careers as professional dancers.
We are all very proud of Lucy and wish her the very best with this exciting opportunity.
Amara Crowned 'Young Sportswoman of the Year'
Amara in Year 3 took part in the 22nd annual 'Dwarf Sports Association' national games' in Birmingham at the beginning of the month and after a series of events was crowned 'Young Sportswoman of the Year'.
The events, which took place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May, were held at the Alexandra Stadium and the Aldersley Village Stadium.
Amara took part in a range of events, including cycling, table tennis, swimming, football, curling, running and archery. As well as a raft of medals, Amara won a fabulous trophy. Well done, Amara! We are really proud of your amazing achievements!
Amara's Leg in Coast to Coast Challenge
Between the 24th and 26th July, a group of adult members from the Dwarf Sports Association will be cycling 170 miles along the 'Way of the Roses' coast to coast challenge from Morecambe to Bridlington.
Amara has been challenged with taking part in the first 5 miles, setting off from Morecambe.
We look forward to seeing how you get on Amara! We know you can do it!
Amelie Represents School in National Finals
Amelie in Y5 recently travelled all the way to the Olympic Park, in London, to represent Torrisholme in the British Schools' Biathlon.
The event consisted of a 50m swim in the Olympic Pool and an 800m run by the Olympic Park.
Amelie managed a personal best in the pool, knocking 4 seconds off her qualifying time! After qualifying as 266th in the country, she finished 200th - a great achievement and an amazing experience! Well done, Amelie!