Two College pupils, Rose Jones (5th, Q) and India Deakin (4th, W), have just made history by becoming the first to win the U16 girls doubles pair for rackets! The girls competed against eight schools in the 2015 National Schools Rackets Championship at The Queen’s Club and were unbeaten in all their matches. The final saw them play Rugby and win 2-0. We are very proud of them both and the girls are delighted!
Girls rackets is a comparatively recent initiative and those co-educational schools with rackets courts (Wellington, Marlborough, Haileybury, Rugby, Clifton, Malvern and Cheltenham (and Highgate who don’t have a court but ‘borrow’ St Paul's), got the girls playing in what has been for 150+ years a boys game - as the other 8 courts are at all-boys schools. The home of rackets (Queen’s Club) decided to host Public Schools Girls' Competitions for the first time 4 years ago, and Cheltonian Lily Owen won the Open Singles.
This win comes hot on the heels of Old Cheltonian success, with Jamie Stout (1997-2002, H) retaining his World Championship rackets title, Richard Owen (2006-2011, L) winning the Queen’s Invitational Singles and the pairing of Ben Snell (1997-2002, L) and Nick James (2001-2006, BH) securing the Noel Bruce trophy for Old Cheltonians for the first time since its inception in 1929.
For more information about rackets at College, click here.