Steph Houghton is best known for being captain and the centre back for the England women’s football team. In the first ever debut for England she helped the team to win 6-0 against Russia!
She has shown grit through her career as she suffered injuries before the World Cup in 2007 and then again later before the Euro 2009 but she persevered and went to the World cup in 2011. Houghton has also gone to the Olympics representing GB!
Steph Houghton has shown her ability from a young age when she went to a camp with England for the U16s. Her current club is Manchester City but she has also played for Sunderland, Leeds and Arsenal.
In 2015 she earnt £65k were as the best paid woman footballer got £1.9m. Even more shockingly Cristiano Ronaldo received £288,000 a week! These are just a few figures but already show just how big the divide in woman’s football is not only compared to men but other countries!
In 2016 she was appointed a MBE for the services she has provided for football. She has said that part of her motivation every day is to be an inspiration to young girls and I think it is very clear that she is definitely achieving this!
Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a lovely half term and aren’t feeling too disheartened after the England rugby result.
The U13 & U12 netball teams are both through to the County Finals. Well done and good luck at the finals!
There have been some fantastic rowing results from the last two weeks…
- Last Saturday at Molesey Junior Head…
- J17 double won gold
- J14 octuple won gold
- J14 quad won gold
- (Special mention to Jess Bryden, Izzy Staples, Havaani Blase and Emily Richardson who doubled up and raced and won both events)
- J16 quad finished 3rd
- Also last Saturday at Henley Head
- J15 4 came 2nd
- J158 came 3rd
The J15 rowers managed a friendly Vs Putney High and despite PHS having 2 of their coaching team on board their 8, they couldn’t get near WHS J15 Squad!
Finally, Saskia Brewster attended Great Britain Trials this weekend and finished 13th fastest in the double. This was a great result at round 2 out of a possible 4 sets of trials.
Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a lovely weekend.
I’m sure many of you will be feeling happy after England’s successful start in the six nations and apologises for any Irish or French supporters.
Wimbledon’s rowing squad performed exceptionally well at the South England rowing relay champions. We won a gold in the U14s and silver in the U12s individuals. The year 7 and 8 are South of England rowing Champions and Helena, our in-house world recorder holder won gold. These are some fantastic results girls and you should be really proud of your work over the weekend!
The U11 gym team came 4th in the London Regional Floor and Vault competition and the U11 C&D team are GDST netball champions!
Finally, Ellie Watt, in Yr11, was at the National Water Polo camp over the weekend and has now been selected as one of the top 25 girls in England at Under 17s. She will have the possibility to be selected for the European Championships in 2020 so well done Ellie.rI hope you all have a lovely week and a restful half term!
Good morning everyone, just a few sport notices from me.
Congratulations to the U14 basketball team who beat Glenthorne in the quarter finals and are progressing into the next round of the London Youth Games.
Well done to the U11s placing second in the Newton Prep Sport hockey tournament. They won both group stages and reached the final but narrowly missed out on gold.
Our juniors have also performed very well and the swimming team won the London League B swimming final. Congratulations to all the girls and a huge well done to Year 4 who won their age group!
Our sports star of the week is the Ski Team who competed at the British School Girls races last weekend. They all skied exceptionally well and should be very proud of their achievements. A special mention to Maryisa in year 8 who won bronze in the U14 unregistered.
Have a lovely week!
I have been competitively swimming at my club – Wimbledon Dolphins – for 10 years. I like the supportive atmosphere from both coaches and my friends who have been with me for a long time. I love swimming because it is not just a social sport but it is also very much individual, how well you want to do and how far you want to go is down to you, it is about your personal best and how hard you train that reveals your outcome.
As a mentor I would like to support and encourage girls of all ages to participate in whatever sport they find a passion in. It is important to me that we all find something, if it is swimming or not, that we can discover our strengths and weaknesses in and improve.
Dina Asher-Smith is right now the face of British Athletics. Currently she holds the British record for the 100 metres and 200 metres and in 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Asher-Smith won both the 100 and 200 metres as well as the 4 x 100 m relay. In 2014 she won the World Junior Championships for the 100 metres when she was 19 years old. She became the first British woman to legally run under 11 seconds in July 2015 for the 100 metres. Last October she was named women’s European Athlete of the Year which is, needless to say, no easy task!
Dina Asher-Smith graduated from King’s College London in 2017, which shows just how incredible she can time manage doing a degree and training full time and this gives me inspiration if ever I feel that I am falling behind with work. What separates Dina from other athletes is how down to earth she is. I was fortunate to meet her during the BT Action Woman Awards 2018 (which she won) and she was saying that hard work is the key to all her success and anyone can follow her lead.
If you haven’t watched it, I thoroughly recommend watching a clip of the 4x100m relay in the European Championships. It is amazing watching her run – she is the fourth leg of the British team and she comes from being in fourth to winning it, by in what in sprinting terms is an enormous lead.
She is a truly inspirational athlete and has managed to overcome many obstacles in her life to be one of the nation’s greatest athletes.
Morning everyone, I hope you had a lovely weekend, just a few sports notices from me.
Our rowers performed very well on Sunday at Weybridge. There was gold in the women junior U17 doubles, gold in the U16 and silver in the U15 among other encouraging results too.
On Saturday 16 WHS netball teams played against Latymer school and won the majority of matches with a 10:6 ratio.
Our U13 gym squad came 5th out of 15 at the Surrey floor and vault competition. Congratulations to all girls who participated.
Our sports team of the week is our Basketball team as they won the Merton Borough tournament and are now Borough Champions!
I hope you all have a lovely week.
Inspirational sports person: Serena Williams
This week’s inspirational sports person is Serena Williams. I have chosen her because of her journey to become one of the world’s greatest tennis players. She is widely known and has worked immensely hard in order to get where she is today. She has 4 Olympic gold medals and 4 Grand Slams to her name, and won sports-person of the year by the magazine ‘Sports Illustrated’. The reason she is such an inspiration to me is because throughout her journey despite having received racism and sexism from fans and tennis administrators, she is still so strong and it takes a lot of mental strength to overcome these challenges and use them positively in order to make you, and your game stronger.
Additionally, in the recent US Open in September 2018 she called out a double-standard and challenged the way society thinks women should behave when playing sport in comparison to men. During the finals match against Osaka, Williams received a code violation for racquet abuse (hitting her racquet on the floor), but as later summarised in an interview “when a woman is emotional, she’s ‘hysterical’ and she’s penalised for it. When a man does the same, he’s ‘outspoken’ and there are no repercussions”. I think that she is an inspiration, not only to sport players but to all people out there.
I hope you all had a lovely holiday and are enjoying the first few weeks of January. In the spring term, we welcome the netball season and with multiple teams across year groups it promises to be a busy and successful season.
Congratulations to all girls who participated in hockey teams last season. Every player showed determination and development in their skills which was represented in the strong results we had. I hope you had some well-deserved rest over the holidays and continue playing hockey with your clubs and county ahead of next year.
Our rowing teams had their first training session of 2019, with excellent coaching and great teamwork they are a force to be reckoned with! We wish you lots of luck for this year and we are sure it will be an even stronger season!
Good luck to our basketball team who are currently competing in the Merton borough tournament.
Enjoy your week and well done to all the girls who took mocks after Christmas!
The first hockey team have their final home match of the season on Wednesday at 2:30 against Ibstock Place.
If you are free it would be lovely to have your support to cheer them on, for some of them this will be their last hockey match for Wimbledon at home.