Sports Perseverance

The Banda’s teaching staff, alumni and current pupils continue to strive proactively in their endeavour to encourage and develop the Banda pupils’ potential.

“You aren’t going to find anybody that’s going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance.” – Lou Hotlz

We continues to support and inspire all The Banda pupils regardless of their level of talent to strive to compete against themselves individually (improving their personal best in individual sports), and play a role in their team sports persevering, no matter the circumstance or level of play. 

Alumni Crista Cullen, Gold Medalist and member of Team GB Women’s Hockey has inspired our pupils this summer break.  Crista realized her dream at the 2016 Rio Olympics.  She visited The Banda recently, where she picked up her first hockey stick, and shared her stories, inspiration, and her determination to persevere through both the obstacles and the successful times. 

Our incredible teaching staff includes our Head of Boys Games, Matt Dams.  Having completed the ‘Marathon des Sables’ in April 2016, running 6 marathons in 6 days in the Sahara Desert, Matt swam the English Channel in 14 hours 45 minutes in August.  He was trained for his swim by The Banda’s swimming coach Slavica Latinovic.  Winning or losing Matt and the team encourage all Banda pupils to strive for personal success and give of their best in sports. 

Matt’s Banda colleague Biko Adema is a coach at The Banda.  Biko is an Olympian who has and continues to represent Kenya in the Sevens Team.  A wrist injury gained in Hong Kong in April 2016, and Biko persevered through the mental and physical physiotherapy to regain and play at the peak of his ability, selected and representing Kenya in Rio 2016.  He has led the Under 11s to triumph at inter-school level and continues to inspire all who he coaches at The Banda. 

At the start of the 2016-17 inter-school IAPS sports season, The Banda 1st cricket XI were crowned champions in a 10/10 match, the girls were semi-finalists in the equivalent rounders, and both Josh Soanes and Plum Minns (respective 1st team Cricket and Rounders captains) were awarded player of the tournament.  At all levels the 1st teams, Under 11s and Under 9s won their first school matches of the season.  Perhaps more importantly so did the 2nd and subsequent teams at all levels, as well.  

We wish our pupils, staff and Alumni all the best as they strive to replicate their success throughout the season. 




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