A GROUP of 15 talented Bishop Heber High School pupils were chosen to compete for their country in the European Ultimate Frisbee Championships.
They were taken to Vienna to compete.
With four different divisions and a total of 35 teams competing from 16 different countries, this was the biggest ever international junior tournament.
Heber’s Harry Shaw and James Walker-Smith were called up just a week before the start of the tournament in the GB U17 Open division.
But after easy victories over Belgium, Netherlands and Sweden, the GB team lost to both Austria and Germany before beating Austria in a rematch in the semi-finals and gaining revenge on Germany in the final.
Sue Griffith from the school said: “Having finished runner up for the last three years, it was great for GB to win back the title they last held in 2005.”
Meanwhile, GB U17 Girls including Clare Littler, Katie Flight and Ellie Walker-Smith from Bishop Heber went unbeaten all week to claim their first title. GB’s second team didn’t fair so well, but Bishop Heber’s Lucy Flight, Gwyn Thomas-Rees, Charlotte Curry, Alice Bright more, Kathryn Powlay and Evie Maddocks all played well and gained from the experience. Virtually all of the school’s U17 team are young enough to compete next year in Germany.
GB U20s Open with Bishop Heber’s Sam Green narrowly lost their quarter final to France, but managed to finish fifth out of 16 teams while Michael Connor captained the second team which came 13th. GB U20s women Bishop Heber’s Kate Farmer won bronze after losing their semi to Finland, and the second team with Alex Chisholm finished eighth out of nine.