Once a year, we gather to recognize those who have truly made their mark on the city’s sports scene: from the home-run hitters and KO punchers to those who lift up their mates when all seems lost. They’re our friends, our family and occasionally, our blood-thirsty rivals.
After the last couple of years' fundraising heroics, we will be also recognizing the sports team that raises the most money for charity over the course of the awards. Oh, and there will be a raffle fundraiser on the night, with all money raised going to the Baobei Foundation.
And now, without further ado, here are the nominations for U18s Team of the Year:
GB Judo Squad – SUIS GB
In terms of student engagement and student development, the SUIS GB Judo club should be held in very high regard. Students are challenged and stretched outside their comfort zones and develop a huge range of new skills. The team instigated and led the first ever Shanghai Schools Judo event and continue to grow in numbers.
U19 Varsity Volleyball – Dulwich Pudong
The U19 Boys Volleyball team has had a break though year in the 2017/18 season. Usually a sport dominated by the American schools the D1 boys went almost undefeated across the regular season finishing as top qualifiers for the SISAC tournament. Not to stop there, the boys fought through three tough matches eventually beating the host school in the final to be crowned the city champions for the first time in the school’s history.
Tigers HS Girls Basketball Team – WISS
The WISS Tigers HS Girls Basketball Team has had an outstanding season so far going 12-0, overcoming losing 3 starters and 8 players from last season. On October 28 they went to KCIS for a tournament and came out 5-0 with the championship trophy. The lady Tigers won hard fought battles by 1 and 4 points respectively. Since then WISS has won their last 7 games, playing good team basketball and focusing on defense. The ladies have an undeniable comradery on and off the court. Everyone from the WISS managers to the coaches have enjoyed every moment of the season so far, from the energetic bus rides to pizza party parties. The Tigers are one game away from winning WISS's first Division 1 regular season basketball trophy and entering the tournament undefeated.
Girls 7 A-side Football team – NAIS Pudong
The Tigers Girls 7 A-side Football team from NAIS Pudong have played amazingly this last year! The girls started off strong and went on to win their football league, the Shanghai 7 A-side Football Cup and the ACAMIS tournaments they attended, achieving the treble that every team aspires to! Not only were our Tigers undefeated but they also had the highest goals difference from the whole season. To achieve this amazing target, the girls showed up for all their matches/practices with smiles on their faces and played amazingly as a team to become the 7 a-side Football champions!
Shanghai Gaelic Football Club (Juvenile Section) – Gaelic
Once again the youth team has been showing off their skills both on Asian and home shores. The club sent a team to the Asian Youth Championships in Kuala Lumpur where they performed fantastically against older and more experienced players. They scored more goals against the eventual winners than any other team in the competition and one of their senior members deservedly won the MVP for the whole competition. With 50 players representing from around 11 schools across Shanghai, players range in age from 7-13. Showing up on Saturdays, rain or shine, they showcase a team that understands both fun and learning. The Juvenile section also raised RMB45,000 for charity at the Christmas presentations through a raffle and auction of some artwork.
How to Vote
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