Young athletes from Doha College are on a roll, having performed exceptionally well in not one but two major tournaments, here and in Thailand.
Fresh from dominating the British International Schools in Qatar U11 Games at Aspire Zone and taking home the top place in the tournament, they went on to face teams from Europe, Asia and Africa in the COBIS Games 2019, (COBIS stands for Council of British International Schools) which was held in Thailand, just a few days later. The standards were extremely high, but so was the competitive spirit of Doha College students, who flew the flag for Qatar and secured joint second place alongside the Children’s International School from Nigeria on a podium topped by St Saviour’s School, Ikoyi.
The team of fourteen students bagged 21 individual medals: 15 bronze medals in swimming and athletics; four silver medals in swimming; and two gold medals from the outstanding performances of swimmer Arabella Taguinota (50-metre breaststroke) and track athlete Adam Shawara (800-metre event).
The girls’ football team also won silver, which – together with the boys’ placing – got Doha College a second place in football.
Following their success, the team had the privilege of being invited by supporting sponsor, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) for a private tour of their impressive Legacy Pavilion. Students shared their experiences of the COBIS tournament, and had the unique opportunity to tour their purpose-built museum which takes you on a magnificent journey through Qatar’s rich history of sport, dating back from the 1940s, up until the current preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.
Doha College Principal Dr Steffen Sommer, shared in the team’s elation.
It was a moment of great pride to see our primary athletes take silver in the COBIS Games in Thailand on the back of winning the British International Schools in Qatar Games – our squad has done fantastically well.
I would like to thank the SC for their generous support which is far beyond any expectations that we might have had; I am immeasurably proud. We are here to support Qatar’s vision for 2030; to provide excellence in education, and we’re trying very hard to make sure that the excellence that we produce within Doha College is exported outside so that the whole of Qatar can benefit from it.’
Doha College has a strong sporting tradition, with alumni and current students representing Qatar in swimming and rugby championships, and also excelling internationally at other sports like golf, karate, etc. Doha College works closely with Evolutions Sports Qatar and CrossFit Oryx and offers PE and Academic PE at (I)GCSE and A Levels.
For more information on their sports curriculum, visit dohacollege.com.