U11 World School Games

Day One – Athletics: A cold morning turned into a hot day at Dubai Sports Athletics Stadium, where our U11 Atheltics Team copeted in both track and field events against more than 20 schools from around the world at the World School Games 2020. It began with the team’s running-in, proudly presenting the German flag and the DISD logo. The day started with boys on the track, racing in their particular disciplines starting from 75m sprints up to the grueling 800m run, while the girls mastered the field events, giving their best at events such as; the long jump, high jump, shot-putt and more. As the lunch break ended the athletes traded places, and it was the girls turn to hit the track and test their speed against the other competitors. The boys moved onto the field events with special mentions going to Florian Haensch who got a bronze medal in the long jump. Coaches Jessica Prelle and James Dodd coordinated the competitions and DISD sports teacher Uta Zeug-Lummel and principal Michael Lummel gave the athletes last tips. Parents present then cheered them on with all their might. An overall amazing day for all our athletes to test their abilities against other students from around the globe and experience a day in an event that will stay in their minds forever.

Day Two: Football Friday, another brilliant weather day. German International School Girls U11 started the day off inside competing in their pool to make it through to the top 8 knock out stage, while the boys begin their grueling day outside for their chance to make the top 8 knockout round. The girls had some very tough competition playing Grange School Lagos, finishing with a 0:0 draw. Their second game against British School in The Netherlands resulting in another drawing 0:0. During the third game as the team showed some outstanding footwork and team work, they were able to over come British School of Bahrain with a 1:0 win. Their fourth game was their only defeat during the pool stage losing 0:2 to NLCS. Winning their final game 1:0 against GEMS Wellington Silicon Oasis gave the U11 girls 8 points coming second in the pool making it through to the top 8 knock out stage. Playing in the quarter finals against the tough ACS International School Cobham, the girls put up a good fight right till the very end, but were not able to secure the victory losing in a penalty shoot out. They then moved to the next semi finals against JESS Ranches winning a very close game 1:0 to move that one step up the ladder to secure a spot for 5th or 6th. They played their final game for 5th and 6th against Foremarke School, playing an impressive game with some very young players steeping up. Unable to secure the win losing a 1:0 game, the girls still managed to finish an impressive 6th posisition out of 22 team. The boys managed to top their pool winning their first game 1:0 against British School or Bahrain, winning their second game against NLCS, defeating GEMS Wellington Silicon Oasis in the third game 1:0, drawing a very tough match against Riverbank School, then defeating British School in The Netherland 1:0. This had the boys finish top of their pool with 13 points going into the top 8 knockouts very confident. They played their first knockout game against JESS Jumeirah, securing their position with a 1:0 win to make it into the semi finals against Chrisland Schools Limited. Both teams gave everything to the final minute finishing in a draw, having the game go to a penalty shoot out. Going one for one both teams were neck and neck. Sudden death was the only way to end the game and with an amazing save from goal keeper Karl Maier, the boys secured their spot in the final. The final had the German Team play St Saviour’s School Ikoyi. The team attacked and defended like their lifes depended on it. During the 11th minute St Saviour’s managed to find the net securing the only goal of the game, resulting in a 2nd place finish for the boys, all receiving silver medals and taking home the 2nd Place Trophy. An all out amazing day from both team and supporting parents. Lots of energy and lots of fun. Boys: 2nd Place Girls: 6th Place

Day Three: Swimming The final day for World School Games and final chance to gain as many points as possible. The day was set at the amazing Hamdan Sports Complex and our 10 swimmers (5 boys and 5 girls) arrived nice and early to shake the nerves before beginning with the Team Relays. Noah, Gustavo, Max and Johannes started the day off with the Boys Freestyle relay, followed by Yse, Emma, Laura and Lilly with the Girls Freestyle Relay. From this point on it was individual races, with our swimmers putting in 100% effort to do the best they could. The swimming finished with the mixed Relays, having 2 boys and 2 girls working as a team to give everything they had. Special mentions to Noah who stepped into the team late and made the most of his chance swimmer exceptionally well. Heidi and Lilly both had amazing races and showed great determination though it could be assumed they were the youngest competitors of the entire day. With the amazing setting inside Hamdan Sports Complex, the support for the German School Parents and consistent motivation of our swimmers to give 100% effort provide us with an amazing experience. Following the day of swimming, our entire team, staff and parents were invited back to Sports City Athletics Stadium for the final awards ceremony and to sum up the entire World School Games. An amazing event, with an awesome bunch of students