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Manchester girls aim for Olympic athletics glory

Back row, from left: Trang Bui, Maria Boodhoo, Alisha Cowman, Jessica Mcnamee. Front row, from left: Caitriona Edwards, Katherine Gillibrand, Naz Askander, Osheanne Hogan, Pippa Woodruff

St Bede’s College in Manchester has won the Manchester Girls athletics trophy for the second year.

Nicola McCormick, head of girls’ sport, said: “The college has always had an excellent reputation for sport. Andrew Steele, olympic sprinter, is a former pupil of the college and one of our current sixth-formers, Alfred Adegbite, is being tipped for Team GB’s rowing squad in the next Olympics.”

Last year the squad won the trophy at under-14 and this year the team of girls, all aged just 15, won it at the under-16 level. 

The competition involved 17 other schools in Manchester and the girls were competing against students who were a year older than them. Other trophies were awarded for: cross country: U-14 Manchester league champions; netball: U-12 Manchester schools champions; netball: U-13 Manchester schools champions; netball: U-15 Stonyhurst tournament champions; netball: U-16 Greater Manchester county schools champions; hockey: U-12 Kings School tournament champions.