Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form is celebrating the success of its students at the National British Colleges Sport Finals held in Bath.

The British Colleges Sport (BCS) championships are an eagerly awaited fixture in the Nelson and Colne College Sport calendar and this year we were thrilled that 4 students had the chance to represent the North West. Sophie Potter gained a place in the North West Ladies Golf Team, Jack Heyworth represented the North West in Male Singles Tennis and twins Bethany and Courtney Cowgill represented the North West in Cross Country Running.

All of the students performed exceptionally well, and the College was proud to count such talented sportsmen and women as students. Courtney and Beth finished in 30th and 35th place respectively out of 89 runners, who had all had to qualify at regional events in order to compete in the finals.

Jack Heyworth contested the championship in Male Singles Tennis, finishing in 3rd place after competing against 9 different competitors from all over Britain; earning himself the bronze medal

In the Team Golf competition, Sophie Potter who was part of the North West team helped them to win overall 3rd place, also winning the bronze medal. Sophie also finished 10th individually out of 40 competitors from across Britain – a fantastic achievement.

Competition took place over the weekend of 22nd to the 24th of March 2013. Despite the cold weather conditions over the weekend, it was a great turnout, with more than 2,000 students and staff from colleges across England, Scotland and Wales competing in fourteen different sports.

Curriculum Leader for Sport, Catherine Stanworth said, “Everyone in the Sport department is incredibly proud of what Sophie, Jack, Beth and Courtney have achieved. They all had to qualify at regional competitions in order to win places at the Nationals and the fact that we came home with two medals after competing against hundreds of competitors is fantastic! Beth and Courtney did phenomenally well in the cross country competition, running in extremely tough weather conditions and Sophie also did exceptionally well, playing in continuous rain and driving winds – not ideal conditions for playing golf! Jack also had it tough, playing back-to-back games to win his medal! All four competitors remained dedicated, focused and excelled in their chosen sport.  I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all of our competitors – you have done Nelson and Colne College, and the North West of England proud!”