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Peter Symonds Athletes Power to Victory at the AoC National Championships

Association of Colleges National Championships Winners
Association of Colleges National Championships Winners

Peter Symonds athletes powered the South East to victory at the Association of Colleges Sport National Championships, Europe’s largest annual student sporting event, which took place at Nottingham University between 19 - 21 April. Symonds students and South East team captains, Moira Mendaros (Basketball) and Luke Walter (Hockey), were presented with the prestigious Wilkinson Sword at the closing ceremony. 

Symonds was the best represented college with 88 participating athletes, 59 of whom came home with a medal.  This is the second consecutive year that Symonds has won the Sword. 

Symonds athletes’ performance contributed hugely to the South East’s win with the following results:

  • Men’s Badminton – 1st
  • Men’s Cross Country – 2nd
  • Men’s Rugby – 1st
  • Men’s Table Tennis – 5th 
  • Men’s Tennis – 1st
  • Men’s Volleyball – 7th
  • Mixed Cricket – 6th
  • Mixed Hockey - 2nd
  • Women’s Basketball – 3rd 
  • Women’s Tennis – 5th
  • Women’s Volleyball – 3rd

Head of Enrichment for Sports Teams, Sam Jones, said: “What an incredible weekend of sport for Team Symonds! To have the most students attending the championships and walking away with so many medals is absolutely astounding!

 “Our students have not only shown how talented they are, but also how supportive they are of one another; it was really inspiring to watch. I’d like to thank them for their commitment to their teams and to the College.  I also want to thank the Symonds volunteer students who helped run the different sporting competitions and, of course, to our friends and families providing support at home.  Finally, a massive thank you must go to our coaches and team managers who have worked so tirelessly all season to prepare our squads.  It really is a huge team effort.” 

Principal Sara Russell said: “I am absolutely thrilled with the phenomenal achievement of our students at the AoC Sport National Championships. It's a true testament to the hard work, dedication and sportsmanship of our students. We are incredibly proud of their outstanding performance and contribution to the South East team's victory. A huge congratulations to all of our students who took part, and thank you to our sports department for the excellent coaching and support.”

Posted: 25 April 2024

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