19 Nov 2018
Touch World Cup (Aug 2018)

During the summer of 2018 high schoolers Caitlin Gill, Tian Devine, Sophia Barkham, Alexandra Tonby Strandborg and Crystal Le Roux girls from UWC Dover travelled to Malaysia for the Youth Touch World Cup that lasted from 8th to 11th August. Being part of the highly competitive U18 and U20 teams they faced fierce competition from South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, America and Malaysia. However, their own skills were to be reckoned with, their talent leading them to place 4th in the Round Robin. The team is still reeling from their incredible experience, Tian Devine saying “I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity and am still in pure shock that it all happened.”

Going into the games the girls biggest competitor was the team from South Africa. For Tian, their game against them also proved to be the highlight of the trip over all. Specifically when she scored against the South African it was truly a memorable and proud moment for her. She stated the team from New Zealand and Australia were incredible, and on a different level from them; nevertheless the experience they obtained from simply playing against such formidable opponents left them as stronger players as a whole.

The team got a long extremely well, so another highlight for them was being able to enjoy their favourite sport with their close friends, while witnessing and playing some really great touch. Tian states “I have been able to take away a lot of amazing experiences from the trip, and have learnt new things from each game I played. I was lucky enough to share the experience with many of my friends, which only made it better.”

The team should be commended for their excellent skills, and sportsmanship. Their achievements has truly made the school beam in pride.

by Avika Jindel