Ardingly College student Ciara Branagan, from Haywards Heath, has followed in the footsteps of the GB Ladies Hockey Team at the Olympics by winning a gold medal in the UK Schools Games, on September 1-4.
The Upper Sixth pupil and 1st XI forward was representing one of three England Under 17 hockey teams and her team, England Red, were victorious, with Ciara also scoring a great goal in one of the earlier matches.
The Schools Games, held at Loughborough University, are an intense four-day multi-sport competition, modelled on the Olympic Games, with sports including athletics, swimming, cycling and gymnastics for the very best athletes in the United Kingdom.
Ciara’s triumph was the culmination of a nine month programme of training and trials.
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