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AoC National Finals 2016

Date Posted: 25/04/2016 | Posted In: Latest news

Thirteen QE students travelled to various sporting locations in Tyne & Wear to compete in the AoC Sport National Finals over the weekend of 15th – 17th April.  Sport is an integral part of College life with many students going on to both sporting and academic success.

At the Tyne & Wear event, Champions from 8 regions in England, plus Wales and Scotland, competed in 14 different sports to determine the British Champions. Over 2000 young people took part and the QE students, having already won their respective regional titles, represented the North East in events across five different sports – Swimming, Badminton, Tennis, Squash and XCountry.

Following three successful days of competition, our students achieved the following results:





Shona Haston – 19th

Iona Richings – 35th


James Greer – 28th

Jamie Wood – 40th

Oliver Armitage 58th


Oliver Walls – 2nd (Silver Medal)


Josh McColgan – 8th in Men’s Singles

Richard Smith & James Henderson – 8th in Men’s Doubles


Chris Hay – 10th in Men’s Singles – did not complete competition due to injury

Andy McBride & Rory Gaydon – 4th in Men’s Doubles


Dan Ward – 5th in 50m Backstroke race and part of NE Team that finished 3rd (Bronze Medal)

Paul Carroll, QE’s Sports Development Co-ordinator, commented:

‘To have 13 students qualify in 5 of 14 sports was great. Taking 13 students to the Nationals made QE one of the best-represented colleges and therefore one of the best colleges for sporting opportunities in the country. All of the students were a credit to themselves and the College – their effort, behaviour, enthusiasm and sportsmanship were impressive.‘