Doha College’s Primary BSME sporting team accomplished a first recently when they were crowned BSME Games Abu Dhabi 2015 Champions.

The first time in Doha College’s long sporting history that such a title had been claimed. Praising his team’s efforts, Head of Primary PE at Doha College, John Tapster, said:

It’s a fantastic achievement. It wasn’t just about winning, it was about taking part. This is something that will live with them forever. I was impressed with their commitment and attitude throughout. They never gave up and have been a real credit to the school. They can be proud of their achievements. The effort and pride shown, along with a positive attitude developed through sport is a key aspect to education at Doha College.’

Doha College accumulated a total of 47 points, having finished first in basketball and netball, as well as runners-up in swimming, athletics and football. UAE’s Al Yasmina School finished second with 38 points, whilst the British School of Muscat completed the podium with 34 points.

Held at New York University Abu Dhabi, the three-day BSME games attracted more than 300 students from 10 schools from across the Middle East and North Africa who took part in 5 different sports: basketball, athletics, netball, swimming and football.

Thirty two children all aged under 11 competed as part of the Doha College team. Two team members were also able to gain personal accolades; Advaith Prabha was awarded the most valuable player accolade for Basketball and Nicole Leamy was voted the most valuable player for the Netball tournament.

Egyptian professional triathlete Omar Nour was guest of honour at the event that was hosted by Aldar Academies. Nour emphasised the importance of ‘athletes giving their best’ and all competing students took his advice seriously with the games delivering thrilling and close run contests.