DC teams shine at BISQ and COBIS Games

DC teams shine at BISQ and COBIS Games

Doha College Primary’s young athletes are on a roll, having performed exceptionally well in not one but TWO major tournaments, one national and international.

British International Schools Qatar Games

The second edition of the British International Schools Qatar Games (BISQ) U11 took place recently at Aspire Zone, bringing together hundreds of children from a total of 14 British curriculum schools across the country.

Two days of hard-fought competition saw the students excel at all six sports, namely boys’ football, girls’ football, basketball, netball, swimming and athletics. Doha College’s 36-strong team dominated the games from the very start, gaining four gold medals and two silver medals, which gave them the overall title of BISQ 2019 champions. They were clear toppers of the podium, also acceded by Al Khor International School in second place, and Park House English School in third.

Doha College recognised their own “Outstanding Contribution” sports people, namely Mar Guillen Sumnu (also Head Girl of Doha College’s West Bay Campus), and Aodhan Burness - both in Year 6. 

I was proud to be captain of the DC team because they had great potential and wouldn’t let anyone down. We worked hard as a team, and all supported each other. I started skiing when I was three and have loved sport ever since. At school, I do swimming, netball, athletics and football, and outside the school, I do tennis and swimming – I do sports most days a week. Being awarded Doha College’s ‘best athlete’ made all my hard work over the years worthwhile. When I go to Secondary School next year, I want to continue representing the school in all sports and would love to become a professional athlete.
Mar Guillen Sumnu, DC's BISQ female 'Best Athlete'

    COBIS Primary Games

    Fresh from dominating BISQ, 14 of the students went on to face teams from Europe, Asia and Africa in the COBIS Games 2019, Thailand, just a few days later. The standards were extremely high, but so was the competitive spirit of the Doha College students, who secured joint second place alongside Children’s International School on a podium topped by St Saviour’s School, Ikoyi, both schools from Nigeria.

    The team of seven boys and seven girls bagged 21 individual medals: 15 bronze medals in swimming and athletics, four silver medals in swimming and two gold medals from the outstanding performances of swimmer Arabella Taguinota (50m breaststroke) and track athlete Adam Shawara (800m event).

    The girls’ football team also won silver, which – together with the boys’ fourth place – got DC a second place in football. Doha College’s best performances in football came from Nadine Rizk in the girls’ team and Aodhan Burness in the boys’ team.

    It was quite extraordinary to see the commitment and the determination of our young people. Their resilience, collaborative spirit and confidence were excellent displays of High Performance Learning principles in action.
    Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal of Doha College


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