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Wakefield College at the National Championships

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Darcie, Annabelle and Mark are representing the College at the Championships

This year sees Wakefield College enter four talented students from the Academy of Sporting Excellence into the Association of Colleges Sport National Championships. The National Championships are held annually and comprises of the best athletes in the United Kingdom selected from each region. Each region competes for points in an Olympic style event and the winning region takes home the honours of being National Champions. University of Nottingham will host the event this year on 20-22 April with their new state of the art, multi million pound sports facilities.

Yorkshire & the Humber’s entry for Men’s Cross Country this year is Mark Bostock from Wakefield College. This is the second year in a row Mark is running in the championships and is hoping to beat his seventh placed finish last year. He is currently in great form after winning the regional heats and has gone on to more success representing Wakefield College in the West Yorkshire Schools, National Schools and Wakefield Harriers. Mark Bostock said, “I’m looking forward to being involved again. I really enjoyed it last year and I am hoping to do better this time and hopefully finish medal position.”

Wakefield College are sending two Rugby girls to play for the region. This is a massive achievement as this is the first ever year Wakefield College have had a female rugby team. Training and games each week alongside their education sees Annabelle Morley and Darcie Yates selected for the squad beating competition from across the county. Yates speed and agility impressed the coaches whilst Morley’s technical ability and strength cemented a place for her in the girls in the squad. Annabelle Morley said, “I’m looking forward to playing every other county. I’m really grateful for the opportunity.” Darcie Yates said, “It’s the first year women’s rugby has been played competitively at Wakefield College so we are looking forward to showing what we are made of.”

Taking the final place is Chris Gascoigne who has been selected for the hockey team. Amongst strong opposition, Chris was cherry picked by the coach and captain as the ideal candidate for the squad. There was nearly more entrants to the champs as the men’s rugby team came runners up in the application tournament losing out to a last minute penalty whilst the men’s football team placed fourth in the whole of Yorkshire but only the winners progressed.

Past winners and competitors of the championships have gone on to Olympic and commonwealth success as well as signing professional contracts in their desired sport. Ben Severn, Head of Competitive Sports at Wakefield College said, “We are so proud to see Academy of Sporting Excellence working and providing young local athletes opportunities to represent themselves and College on a national level against the best athletes in the UK. We wish all four of them the best of luck; I know they will do the College proud.”


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DATE: 12 February, 2018

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