Plain sailing as DSG girls excel

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Sailing accolades
JEMIMA Baum came second in the Sonnet Western Province Championships sailed in Saldanha Bay recently. This is an open class without age restriction. Jemima was the youngest skipper by a long way, sailing a very quick scow dinghy, the Sonnet. She was teamed up with Sibu Sizatu, a member of the Race Ahead Olympic squad. Conditions varied from medium to strong winds over the four-day event. All-in-all, an outstanding performance for her first competition in this class.

Belmont Valley Mountain Bike Challenge
Grade 8 DSG pupil, Sascha van der Merwe finished a very impressive second in the inaugural Belmont Valley Challenge 40km mountain bike race, held on April 24, just outside Grahamstown. This new event, that includes races over 12km, 40km and 70km, boasts some amazing single-track, and plenty of interesting obstacles, started at the Belmont Valley Golf Club. It was a collaborative community effort from the city of Grahamstown, and DSG hopes to see this event grow from strength to strength in the coming years.

All Girls Festival
DSG girls did their school proud at the All Girls Festival. Considering that they had just returned from a three-week holiday with absolutely no training from the school, some results were very impressive.

On the hockey field, the girls beat Wynberg, Balmoral and Erica, drew against Kingsridge, Victoria and Springfield and only lost two games against Springfield and St Michaels.

On the netball courts, they won five of the nine games they played, three of them Cape Town schools, Wynberg, Springfield and Herschel. In squash they won three, drew against Collegiate and lost one.

The girls won all their tennis matches and lost three water polo games and drew one. It was an experience of a life-time and many friendships were forged.

Swimming
The national age group level 3 gala took place at the end of the first-term with three DSG girls qualifying for numerous events. Although all three made finals which is a remarkable achievement at national level, Courtney Repinz, U12, finished seventh in her final in 50m backstroke with a time of 34:84.

The level 1 gala took place in Cape Town from April 1-3. The DSG junior girls, who qualified were Catherine Williamson, 11, Cara Meldrum, 10, Wendy-Mae Turner, 10, and Jenna Foster 10. The 10 and 11 year age group had particularly tough competition at level 1, as the next level up only starts at 12 year olds.

Catherine Williamson showed remarkable dominance in all her breaststroke races, winning them comfortably and earning three golds and shaving off seconds in all events. She also won bronze in the 200m IM and 50m butterfly. Cara Meldrum was instrumental in winning a bronze medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay for girls 12 and under.

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