Five girls from St Joseph’s College, Ipswich, have finished Under 13 runners-up in the National Schools Squash Championships. The three-way final at Nottingham saw them pitted against Benenden, Kent, and Gosforth Academy.
They were only held to silver-medal position by Gosforth, Newcastle, a specialist squash school, and are delighted with their placing on the national stage.
The team comprises sisters Jessica and Emma Logan, Year 8 and Year 6 respectively, Amélie Clarke (Year 8), and Year 7 students Sophie Singer and Zoe Tanner.
Principal of St Joseph’s College, Mrs Danielle Clarke, said attending the finals had been an edge-of-the-seat experience.
‘Whilst St Joseph’s College is particularly known for its inclusive family feel and the strength of its boys’ sport, the girls have been coming up on the rails. We are thrilled with the squash team’s success and our girls’ current standing at county, regional and national level in sports as varied as cricket, football, netball, hockey, gymnastics and rugby, to name just a few,’ she said.
The silver medallists were mentored by Mrs Sarah Logan, a PE teacher at St Joseph’s College. Mrs Logan said girls’ squash had flourished particularly thanks to links with Ipswich Sports Club and the brilliant input of County Coach of the Year, Emily Ison. She said the partnership proved the value of links between the College and local sports clubs.