Posted on April 12, 2017

Headmaster’s Blog

Special Edition – COBIS Junior Games

Milton Keynes UK Tuesday, 11th April – Thursday, 13th April 2017


Day One: Swimming Tuesday, 11th April

The COBIS Junior Games began with a grand opening ceremony in the main Hall of the impressive Sports and Leisure Complex on the Stantonbury School campus in Milton Keynes, some fifty miles north west of London. Stantonbury School, although of course not competing in this major international schools sporting event, provided a splendid musical and dance accompaniment to the opening ceremony. The formal opening was proclaimed by Trevor Rowell, the Chairman of COBIS, whilst greetings to the competitors from across the globe, were extended by Joanne Jackson, a UK Olympic medal-winning swimmer.


Unfortunately there was some delay to the opening of competition swimming but this only served to heighten the tension amongst the young swimmers. When the events began it was clear that the two schools from the UAE – the Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) and the Dubai English Speaking School (DESS) were going to take some beating! And so it would prove as the day wore on in the stifling humidity of the Stantonbury swimming pool. By the afternoon St Catherine’s had managed two finalists – Reka Williams in the Girls 50m Freestyle and Orestes Crawford in the 50m Butterfly – but the excellent effort of the team was demonstrated by the fact that no fewer than 12 PBs (Personal Bests) were recorded:

  • Antonis Panagiotou – 50m Breaststroke.
  • Costis Xanalatos – 50m Backstroke.
  • Paris Pangalos – 50m Freestyle.
  • Minas Tanes – 50m Backstroke.
  • Christos Kanousis – 50m Freestyle.
  • Orestes Crawford – 50m Butterfly and 50m Backstroke.
  • Alexandra Basinas – 50m Freestyle.
  • Melina Tsikritsis – 50m Freestyle.
  • Reka Williams – 50m Freestyle.
  • Eleni Zombanakis – 50m Breaststroke.
  • Anna Stroubou – 50m Butterfly.


So to the finals where Reka Williams performed brilliantly to win the Bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle against the powerhouse performers of JESS and DESS. Orestes Crawford also performed superbly, being in contention for the Bronze right up until the final 10 metres before finishing in a most creditable 5th place. And so finally to the Freestyle relays where both girls and boys came a superb 5th in their respective events – this magnificent team effort placed the St Cats team in 6th place overall – a superb ending to a most gruelling day. Coaches Mr Grannon, Mr Latanis and Miss Kennedy were “mega proud of their team!” As indeed we all are! Bring on the Athletics!


Day One: Swimming FINAL Rankings:

1st – JESS – 170 points

2nd – DESS – 160 points

3rd – St Saviour’s – 150 points

4th – Childrens International School – 140 points

5th – BIS Riyadh – 130 points

6th – St Catherine’s British School – 120 points

7th – International School of Moscow – 110 points

8th – British International School of Cairo – 100 points

9th – British School of the Netherlands – 90 points

10th Joint – Kings College Madrid (Soto)/Nord Anglia School Hong Kong – 80 points