COBIS Games – Milton Keynes UK

During the Easter holidays, some intrepid, dedicated Year 5 and 6 pupils travelled to the UK to participate in the annual COBIS Games. They swam on the first day, participated in athletics on day 2 and finished with football on day 3.

In the swimming, everybody acquitted themselves well and swam as hard as they could. We had two students get to the finals and one, Aida Abdel Razek, gained a silver medal in the 50m backstroke. Youssef Sami also got to the finals and was squeezed out of the medal positions into 4th place by some very competent breaststroke swimmers. The standard was high in the pool but we competed in every race and came a very credible 7th out of 17 schools.

On the track, we also had two students reach the finals in the 75m and 150m. Jana Gaber dipped her way to a bronze medal in the 150m but both Jana Saleh and Mohamed Moustafa (Y5) were outclassed in the 75m finals by some very accomplished sprinters. Mohamed did very well in the 150m final and should be proud of himself as he was racing against older students.

In other races and in the field events, our athletes did well to pick up lots of points to make us 8th overall in athletics. Jana Gaber even got us a surprise bronze medal in the girls’ Long Jump and Malak Ehsan was in the top 5 javelin throwers.

On the final day, in the football, both teams lost their first two games in the pool stages and then won a game, which put them 3rd in their group but only able to get 9th position. We re-grouped and both teams won both their games in the play offs for 9th place. The combined scores of the boys and the girls gained us 6th place overall in the football. Some great saves from Selim Soliman, who even scored a goal, kicking the length of the pitch. Captain, Maryam Benaja, was instructed by her family to score at least 3 goals, which she duly did and the girls did very well to avoid penalties in their final game, with a long throw to Maryam from Leyla Ramadan in goal.

Final position: 7th out of 17, with only The Netherlands and Russia, the strong UAE swimmers (DESS and JESS) and two athletic Nigerian teams above us. The students behaved wonderfully and were a credit to the school. They were extremely patient during some delays that we had to deal with, in the pool and due to the holiday traffic, and were really supportive toward one another. The parent support crew were fabulous.