Posted on March 10, 2019

The second edition of the British International Schools Qatar Games (BISQ) U11 took place recently at Aspire Zone, bringing together hundreds of children from a total of 14 British curriculum schools across the country.

Two days of hard-fought competition saw the students excel at all six sports, namely boys’ football, girls’ football, basketball, netball, swimming and athletics. Doha College’s 36-strong team dominated the games from the very start, gaining four gold medals and two silver medals, which gave them the overall title of BISQ 2019 champions. They were clear toppers of the podium, also acceded by Al Khor International School in second place, and Park House English School in third.

Doha College recognised their own “Outstanding Contribution” sports people, namely Mar Guillen Sumnu (also Head Girl of Doha College’s West Bay Campus), and Aodhan Burness - both in Year 6. Proud Mar shared her excitement: “I was proud to be captain of the DC team because they had great potential and wouldn’t let anyone down. We worked hard as a team, and all supported each other. I started skiing when I was three and have loved sport ever since. At school, I do swimming, netball, athletics and football, and outside the school, I do tennis and swimming – I do sports most days a week. Being awarded Doha College’s ‘best athlete’ made all my hard work over the years worthwhile. When I go to Secondary School next year, I want to continue representing the school in all sports and would love to become a professional athlete.”

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Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal of Doha College, was very impressed with the students’ achievement: “It was quite extraordinary to see the commitment and the determination of our young people. Their resilience, collaborative spirit and confidence were excellent displays of High Performance Learning principles in action.” Once again, Aspire provided a unique opportunity for students to compete in world-class sports facilities and the competition demonstrated the concerted community approach in Qatar, encouraging youths to stay active and pursue healthy lifestyles.

The sports education community in Qatar is particularly grateful to Doha British School, who played a vital part in organising the event.

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