St Winifred’s take 11th surfing title
IT’S CHAMPIONSHIP No. 11 for the kings and queens of school surfing.
Led by top performances by Che Allan and Olivia Warden, the St Winifred’s School took another School Surfing Championship when the Barbados Surfing Association (BSA) held its scholastics at Brandons, Drill Hall Beach.
Allan and Warden, who demolished all opponents on their way to each amassing 2 000 points, were a major part of the Pine Hill, St Michael school’s massive win by over 6 000 points.
But the runaway victory was also due to sheer dominance by numbers as there were many all St Winifred’s finals on the day.
The St Michael School with 3 397 points was second. St Gabriel’s School was third with 2 700 points while Penn Foster College was fourth with 1 860.
In the Boys’ Under-16 Division, Allan showed his experience and skill on the waves to earn the top spot after a close battle with Zander Venezia (The St Michael School) who took the second spot. Andrew Gill, also from the St Michael School, was third and Caleb Rapson, of Providence, was fourth.
Allan collected his second win of the day in the premier Under-18 Boys Division. Dane Mackie from Foster Penn College was second, Lance Blades from St Winifred’s was third and Jack DeGruchy from Deighton Griffith was fourth.
The Under-18 Girls’ division proved to be an all St Winifred’s final with Warden taking the top spot from schoolmates Alexis Gonzalves, Roma Bellori and Alyssa Bryan.
In the Girls Under-16, St Winifred’s again dominated with Warden emerging victorious. Gabriella Gittens was second, Giselle Allan, third and Roma Bellori, fourth.
In the Under-10 Division, Erin Stanley from Wills Primary came out the winner. Cameron Moll from St Gabriel’s was second, Kai St George, also from St Gabriel’s, was third and Rafe Gooding from St Winifred’s was fourth.
In the Girls Under-13 Division, St Winifred’s made a clean sweep of the medals, with Giselle Allan taking gold, Gabriella Gittens silver, Cheyenne Atwell bronze and Celeste Gonzalves copper.
In the Boys Under-13 Division Rapson took top honours while Axe Garrett, from Lester Vaughan, who was second, Luke Stanley from Wills Primary was third and Darian Pitcher from St Winifred’s was fourth.
The top four surfers in the Bodyboard Division were all from St Winifred’s as well with Kyle Gill taking the top spot, Logan Humphrey second, Caleb Foster as third and Nick Storey was fourth.
In the Longboard Division, Dane Mackie showed his versatility to take the gold. Dylan Downie, the lone surfer from the Barbados Community College took silver; Axe Garrett took the bronze medal and Jaedon Branker from the St Michael School took the copper medal.
There were 71 entries from ten public and private primary and secondary schools. (HLE/PR)