The triumphant South East team at the AoC Sport National Championships included ten Bexhill Sixth Form College students.
The South East were runners up in 2016 but wrestled the Wilkinson Sword Trophy off last year’s winners, the South West, in Nottingham last weekend.
One of the Bexhill College students, Joshua Bennett, was part of the South East team which won bronze in table tennis at the prestigious multi-sport championships. Bennett, who is ranked fifth in England for his age group and has represented the country, won all of his singles matches including an impressive victory over seventh-ranked Alec Ward.
Heather Jury was the College’s first ever player to make the South East women’s rugby sevens squad. She battled well all weekend and was a fantastic ambassador for the College’s rugby programme. The competition provided some invaluable experience for Jury, who is looking to continue her rugby journey at university in the next academic year.
The Bexhill College volleyball team was fantastic all weekend. The squad finished mid-table, an impressive result considering Bexhill were the youngest team there. It was the first time in Bexhill’s history that a volleyball team has qualified and the players are all first year students. The team contains six different nationalities and most of the squad are part of the College’s international student programme. The students earned the right to represent the South East at the biggest competition in college sport by winning regional competitions throughout the year.
Bexhill was again the only college in the Hastings, Rother and Eastbourne area to have students qualify. They competed against teams from Wales, London, the North East, North West, South West, East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.
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Report by Simon Newstead