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Super six earn glory in Cambridge United Sport in the Community awards

By Mark Taylormark.taylor@iliffemedia.co.uk


Range of sports recognised in March awards

Handball, swimming, cycling, rowing, girls’ football and tag rugby are the feature sports receiving recognition in March’s Cambridge United Sport in the Community Awards.

It is another wide breadth of sport for the awards, which are run in partnership with the Cambridge Independent, and one which continues to show the richness and success of pursuits in the city.

“Each month, the range of winners continues to surprise and impress,” said Cambridge United Community Trust chief executive Ben Szreter.

“When we launched the awards, the aim was to recognise sport at all levels and the standard of nominees allows us to maintain our objectives.

“The winners for March sees the elite end in terms of Louis Rolfe’s success at the world championships and the performances of the Boat Race coaches, but just as important at the grassroots spectrum.

“City of Cambridge’s achievements as a team were hugely impressive, as were the efforts of Bottisham Primary School’s tag rugby and girls’ football teams, while Agi Foeglein goes above and beyond for Cambridge Handball Club.

“All winners are thoroughly deserving of their recognition.”

Champion of the month: Agi Foeglein

Agi Foeglein is a thorougly-deserving winner of champion of the month for her sterling efforts at Cambridge Handball Club.

To say that she has an integral role at the club is an understatement. She coaches the senior men’s and women’s teams, the regional men’s league team and the junior sides from under-15 to under-18.

Agi also organises all the venues, communicates with club members, the handball association, handles new member inquiries and orders kit.

But that list is still not extensive as Agi is also the head coach and club secretary. She does receive help from time to time, but is the driving force behind the club.

The list of roles that she occupies seems never ending, as Agi has also been instrumental in raising funds and grants for the club to ensure financial stability.

Star of the month: Louis Rolfe

It is quite staggering to think that Louis Rolfe is still only 20.

The Cambridge-based cyclist has already become something of a stalwart on the world stage, with a bag laden with medals at the highest level.

Louis’ breakthrough year came in 2016 when he won gold and bronze medals at the world championships in Montichiari, and that was followed by gold at the Rio Paralympics in the team sprint.

So it should perhaps be no surprise that when the Para Cycling Track World Championships returned to Brazil late last month, the outcome was the same.

Teaming up with Jody Cundy and Jon-Allan Butterworth in the C1-5 team sprint in Brazil, Louis helped Great Britain earn another gold medal – and his own third on the world stage – with another win over the Chinese.

Louis is still growing into the sport, which is why it is important to remember his still tender years, and his development is being seen in the individual events.

He narrowly missed out on the chance to ride for a medal in the C2 individual pursuit qualification, finishing fifth in 3min 53.103sec, and was fourth in the men’s C2 1km time trial.

Team of month: City of Cambridge Swimming Club

City of Cambridge had a County Swimming Championships to remember this year.

The event was over three legs, and there was an impressive medal haul across the series for Cambridge.

They had a wide range of swimmers taking part, and between them they earned 57 gold medals, 62 silver and 65 bronze.

In the final weekend, Cambridge showed its strength in depth by winning the county relay championships.

City of Cambridge took the top four places in the girls’ 12-year-old’s section and had six of the top seven in the 13-year-old boys’ category over the championships.

Head coach James Freezer said at the time: “The county championships have been a huge success. There have been many individual performances but I am very proud of the teamwork shown in winning the county relays.”

Coaches of the month: Steve Trapmore and Rob Baker

It has been a memorable year for Steve Trapmore and Rob Baker that was heralded on the Tideway at the end of last month.

The challenge of putting together a crew to win the Boat Race is more than just short term, it is building a programme that works – and a pathway within the clubs to deliver sustained success.

For the first time in 25 years, Cambridge University delivered a rowing whitewash, beating Oxford all ends up.

Trapmore, in his final year as head coach of Cambridge University Boat Club, was instrumental in putting together a crew that earned a three-length success, with reserve boat Goldie also victorious.

Baker, the chief coach of Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club, oversaw a seven-length winning margin over Oxford, while reserve boat Blondie won by nine lengths.

After wins for the lightweight men’s and women’s boats, it set up an achievement for Cambridge that was last achieved in 1993, and the role of the chief coaches cannot be underestimated.

School of the month: Bottisham Primary

Bottisham Primary School’s youngsters have excelled with their sporting endeavours in tag rugby and girls’ football.

The tag rugby success was through the pupils’ own initiative.

It was advertised that they could go to a rugby tournament, but forgot all about it and as they were entered in so many events, it was suggested they may not be able to attend.

However, the youngsters took it upon themselves to get everything organised, setting up a team organising their own child-led training sessions during lunchtimes and organising their own strategies.

This included who would be in the team, who would be subbing and how they would ensure everyone played.

Bottisham’s tag rugby team went on to win gold medals at the Cambridge School Sports Partnership event, a great reward for their independence and teamwork.

Their teacher, Diana McGrath, said: “Even without the medals around their necks, I would still be very proud of them for the way they conducted themselves, for showing independence and teamwork and for being a joy to go out on a tournament with.”

Bottisham have also had great success with their girls’ football team.

In the last two years, they have worked really hard. Some of the team had never previously played football but wanted to show that the sport is not just for boys.

The girls’ team took part in two inter-school competitions, qualifying to play in the county finals in two consecutive years and they also took part in the Girls’ Football Week festival.

And there has been an added bonus to their success.

Diana said: “One girl now loves football so much that her parents got involved in starting up a team in the village and they want to continue playing this sport outside school.”


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