London performed exceptionally well in the regional tournaments this year and will be represented in two extra sports for the first time.
London will have a representative for the netball competition after Uxbridge College won the regional tournament for the first time. This will be their first year at the National Championships!
Chloe Wilson from Barnet and Southgate College will be London’s first female golfer in the competition. She joins her college, who make up a large proportion of the London team, with representatives in football, tennis, table tennis, volleyball and cross country.
Last year’s result: London came eighth at the National Championships last year scoring 93 points. Slowly climbing the table, London will be looking to score triple figures as they challenge the bigger regions.
The squad will be larger this year with representatives for both netball and golf so London will be looking to pick up points in these sports.
Colleges attending Championships: Barking and Dagenham College, Barnet and Southgate College, Havering Sixth Form College, Kingston College, New City College, NewVIc, Sir George Monoux College and Uxbridge College
The sport the region is traditionally successful in: London has traditionally done very well in the basketball competitions. Hackney, now New City College, who just missed out on the gold last year, will return this year to try and go one better.
They will be joined by their women’s team, who after a few years out from the National Championships, will be looking to put in a strong performance in the women’s competition. They saw off tough competition from five other colleges on their way to picking up the regional title.
Kingston and Barnet and Southgate College form the tennis team again this year and are looking to follow up their two successive silvers with a gold this year.
One to watch: Havering’s Yusuf Bizimana will take part in the men’s cross country competition and has already run some lightning quick times this year. Ranked number 1 in parkrun in his age group last year in the UK, he will be a talent to watch for the future.
National Championships veterans: NewVIc’s cricket team return once again this year, after dramatically winning the regional tournament on net run rate. Cricket is very strong in London and NewVIc will be looking to improve on last year when they were just pipped to the gold medal by the South West in a nail-biting final.
Barnet and Southgate’s women’s football team return to the National Championships once again, having been the London representative every year! Two years ago they won bronze, last year they won silver, will 2019 be the year they take the gold? Watch this space!
They are also joined by their men’s football team this year who will be looking to continue the success of the London men’s football teams after Kingston won the National Championships last year.
What they say: Jess Walker, Kingston College
“It has been another great year for Kingston College students as they have qualified for the fourth year running to represent London at the AoC National Championships in various sports.
This year has been particularly successful as the London badminton team is made up entirely of Kingston College students, with Mikko Cruz qualifying and representing the college at Nationals for the third year running. The team of six are training regularly throughout the week and are aiming for a top five finishing place. Good luck to everyone taking part!”
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