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BSK celebrate sporting achievements
May 20, 2018, 3:48 pm

This month, BSK held their annual Sports Awards Evening, an opportunity for 106 BSK students to celebrate their sporting successes in front of over 150 guests including Madam Vera Al-Mutawa MBE and Olympian Adel Al-Ghaith who represented Kuwait swimming the 100m Butterfly stroke in the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

BSK has had another excellent year of sport. Out of eighteen ISACK team championships, BSK made the semi-finals on fourteen occasions, competed in eight finals and won four of these. As well as winning the Boys U15 Football Championship, Girls U15 Volleyball Championship, Girls U15 Basketball Championship and Girls Open Age Basketball Championship, BSK have also won the Under-15 and Open Age Girls Football Championships, plus securing multiple medals in ISACK Swimming galas. Many students also represent high level club teams in Kuwait, in their home countries and some even compete internationally.

BSK has also experienced international success when competing in the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) Games; the competing teams have claimed silver medals in netball as well as a gold medal for our U13 Javelin thrower.

During the ceremony, each squad was presented with certificates to celebrate individual excellence, improvement and dedication to their sports, which was a running theme from the slogan of the evening from retired baseball legend Derek Jeter “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”

A regular motivating factor for students to attend their numerous practices throughout the year is to qualify for Sports Colours; an elite group of students, claiming a unique Sports Colours Tie, who are distinguished by achieving a minimum of two of the following criteria:
- A gold medal in an ISACK competition (team or individual).
- A gold medal in a BSME competition as part of a team.
- Any medal in an individual BSME event.

The evening was capped off with some individual awards for students who have surpassed all expectations regarding their involvement in BSK sport, either as a key member of their teams or students who regularly help out after-school doing vital roles such as scorekeeping. To cap off the evening, the numerous successes of departing teacher, coach and friend Georgi Knjazev, were celebrated. During his 13 year stay at BSK; ‘Coach’ has lead BSK teams to 33 basketball championships, leaving a legacy at BSK having taught hundreds of children. Such has been the positive impact that Mr Georgi has had at BSK that ex-students from around the world had recorded video messages that were played at the evening, all sharing a common theme of thanks and gratitude towards an individual that will be sorely missed at BSK.

It was a fantastic celebration of student achievement, setting the very high standard for teams in the 2018-2019 season next year.


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