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Sports News February 2019
By Hans Engl, Athletics Director

Swiss J+S Programme

The Swiss Youth and Sports programme called J+S (Jugend+Sport) is the largest sports promotion programme within the Swiss Federation. J+S offers sports courses and camps for children and teenagers in around 70 sports and disciplines. Every year, almost 70,000 sports courses or camps take place with 575,000 children and adolescents, and a total of 930,000 participations across the country.

With seven J+S qualified coaches, our school actively participates in the Swiss government sports programme. Building strong links with the cantonal sports department has been the key to participate in this programme, allowing us to qualify our coaches through various training courses sponsored by J+S. Baba Odebiyi, Yannick Dô, Kati Kalamar, Mark Chesterfield, Becky Hamilton, Nacho Garcia and Hans Engl all have achieved their Swiss J+S coaching certification in soccer, basketball, swimming and skiing. Every two years they participate in 1 to 2 day training courses to renew their licenses.

At this point we would like to thank the cantonal sports department in Zug, especially Pascale Giaimo, the J+S coordinator, for their support leading and guiding us into this excellent programme, as well as to our J+S coaches for committing to the qualification courses and refresher trainings.

Should you be interested to learn more about this programme, or apply for an J+S coaching position or training, please contact Hans Engl, the J+S contact for ISZL.

Sports News

Read here some exciting news from our recent tournaments.

Weekend 25-27 January

First of all a HUGE THANK YOU to our coaches and chaperones for running the 3rd sports weekend in a row, preparing our athletes so well and taking good care in the mountains, gyms and pools: Pitt Max, Ian Davidson, Matt Daniels, Derek Blackmore, Mark Chesterfield, Marie-Pierre Debiton, Becky Hamilton, Bettina Valissik, Chris Lodge, Jennifer Lowe, Andrew Tewsley, Nacho Garcia and Mathias Vraalsen as an alumni ski instructor helper. Also a big THANK YOU to our nurse Meri DeJong and our Booster Club parents for running the concession stand at our ISSL home tournament, especially to Sheryl Vincent for coordinating all our volunteers, as well as to Kamil Tuma and Paul Craig for helping with gate keeping in Wengen!

Both our Junior Varsity boys and girls basketball teams played awesome games and peaked this Saturday, bringing home the International School Sports League (ISSL) traveling plaques (JV boys results / JV girls results). The Middle School swim team performed super strong and took home Runners-up at the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) meeting in Basel, showing lots of outstanding individual results. And finally our Middle School and High School ski teams raced at the famous Lauberhorn piste and came third after 3 days of exciting and challenging SL, GS and SG competitions.


From Coach Chesterfield: "A fantastic result and team effort by the 16 swimmers who went to Basel yesterday. We came 2nd out of 8 schools participating. Zürich were the outright champions on the day but ISZL came second by a large margin. A fantastic result for a team with new students and some trusted skilled swimmers. Total overall scores were for girls 97 and boys 85 with total points of 182. Many swimmers had personal best times. We won the opening girls event 200 Medley Relay which inspired us for further victories! Individual gold medals by Zoe S & Melvin W, Silver medals for Emilie DC, Melvin W, Boys Freestyle Relay, bronze medals for Ed V, Lucie S, Zoe S, Louis L, Boys IM Relay and Girls Freestyle Relay. A very BIG thanks to the 3 ladies helping me yesterday. To Coach Marie-Pierre, Adeline Lordet and Moira Lanagan. Next is Athens. Go ISZL!"

Weekend 1-3 February

What a great group of parents we have, running another weekend of excellent Booster Club support for our Varsity boys basketball home tournament. I am extremely thankful for all the good will and passion that our moms and dads have put into the concession stand, feeding these big boys! There are lots of volunteers and in the name of all I want to thank Sheryl Vincent who pulled the strings for this event.

Furthermore what a great group of coaches we have. It is an incredible commitment and passion that they give to our teams, leading the weekend tournaments across Europe, with swim teams travelling to Athens and Warsaw, basketball teams competing all weekend in Zurich, Geneva and Hünenberg, and the ski teams racing in Gstaad. THANK YOU Carlos Morales, Pilar Pereira, Meirion Jones, Marie-Pierre Debiton, Derek Blackmore, Isabel Miguens, Pitt Max, Ian Davidson, Michael Neil, Fabio Paron, Kyle Hawkins, Eirian Owen-Jones, Kris Varnum, Bettina Valissik, Chris Lodge, Nacho Garcia and Kamil Tuma, as well as our nurses Sylvia Kreuzbauer and Synthia Kemish, our facility staff Ali and Linda Mamudi, Armin Schicker, Dion Harmsen, Ruedi Egg and Radomir Danicic.

Last but not least a big THANK YOU to Ann Bouquet for pulling all the strings together and booking our teams into hotels, flights, trains and buses over the last crazy weeks.


From Coach Carlos Morales: "Some of the Middle School swimmers had the opportunity to take part in Sports Council of International Schools (SCIS) 2019 in Athens and compete against other 9 international schools this past weekend. After 2 days full days of hard swimming events, heats, finals, relays, international friendships, unforgettable experiences with host families, Greek food and great fun our girls managed to come 3rd amongst all the very strong swimming teams. Also lots of medals, but the most important thing... a great team spirit shown by MS swimming lovers who represented ISZL sports spirit in a very sporty way."

From Coach Meirion Jones: "We took a team of 10 swimmers to the SCIS meet in Warsaw.  The students conducted themselves fantastically well throughout the entire meet and were a credit to the school.  They showed good team spirit and all swimmers recorded at least one personal best.  Lucy S and Gabriel C were excellent captains, and very supportive of the younger swimmers. The majority of our team are in grade 9 making them a comparatively young team. Dorothy V, Amalia S, Ana C and Hamish D all showed great improvement and commitment. The following swimmers achieved excellent individual results:

  • Alex C - 3rd place in the 400m freestyle
  • Julia K - 2nd in the 100m fly, 2nd in the 400m freestyle, 3rd in the 200 Individual Medley
  • TJ P - 6th place in 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 5th place in 50m Butterfly (the only 9th Grade student in each of those respective finals)
  • Mary E - 5th place in the 200m Individual Medley, 50m Butterfly and 6th in 100m butterfly (one of the few 9th Grade students to make the finals)
  • Gabriel C - 6th place in the 100m butterfly"

From Coach Derek Blackmore: "We had a great trip, played some great basketball along the way.  Two big wins on day one and a close loss put us in a great position going into Sunday.  Came up short in the semi-final game against ISL, but start to finish played our best stretch of basketball making great decisions and playing our hearts out for 4 straight quarters. We spent so much energy on that game that we just did not have the stamina to stay with Basel and lost the 3rd place game to ISB, taking 4th.  The girls are incorporating lessons learned in practices and games to get a little bit better every time out there. I owe Coach Miguens a debt of gratitude for keeping us on track, helping take care of our girls, and providing a steady flow of enthusiasm and support from the sidelines”.

Week 4-8 February

A huge THANK YOU to our coaches and chaperones Laurence Trengove, Dave Edwards, Dawn Mellon, Ryan Burchard, Marie Harris, James Darling, Dave Taylor, John Schuster, Kerry Paron, Kyle Hawkins, Eirian Owen-Jones, Kris Varnum and Nacho Garcia for preparing our youngest soccer players and ski racers for their tournaments, promoting great spirit and coaching them through the tournaments at High School, ICS and Morgins the week before the holidays.

From Coach Laurence Trengove: "The Category E Grade 4 and Grade 5 boys began their indoor 5 a-side tournament hosted by Inter Community School Zurich with a 4-1 victory against Basel and then a narrow defeat. They then knew that only 2 more wins in the remaining two games would give them a place in the semi-final. They responded brilliantly with two thumping wins against ZIS and then against the hosts ICS. In the semi-final we had most of the possession and many chances with lots of great shots on target. The Basel Goalkeeper responded well and saved all but two shots. Basel scored three and so it left us with one more game to play for 3rd or 4th place against the Lausanne team who were the only team to beat us in the group matches. The boys had improved continually throughout the tournament and this was clear with a great performance which led to a 3-0 victory giving them 3rd place and a shiny trophy. Well done to all the boys who played showing great team spirit and determination. I look forward to the next training sessions and our tournaments with great anticipation."

Congratulations also to our mixed Grades 2-3 teams, who took bronze medals and the sportsmanship award at their home tournament.

In skiing after an excellent race, our Category F racer Sophie D won a top 5 placing in Morgins. Well done!

Weekend 22-24 February

An exciting weekend of sports, lots of dedicated athletes and coaches, and some cool stories.


From Coach Carlos Morales: "Congratulations to our 12 swimmers for an unforgettable day of intensive swimming at the ZIS '19 championship. Great team spirit, hard effort, brand new swimming gear (thanks to Mr Hans) and a well deserved 2nd place to both Middle and High School teams. Impressive!"


From Coach Paul Steffan: "With only 6 girls attending the SGIS Category D Basketball tournament in Basel, we knew today would be an uphill battle. The girls fell behind early to our first opponents ICS, but were able to rally at the end for a 13-5 victory. Solid defence and some timely shooting helped us seal the victory. After about a 20 minute break we played the host team Basel. After falling behind 24-8 heading into halftime to the tallest team in the tournament, the girls made a huge comeback in the third quarter and took the lead 26-25 heading into the final quarter. Many missed shots from both teams led to a defensive battle and Basel prevailed with a 31-28 victory. The girls should be proud of not giving up and almost winning. In the third game against ZIS, it was a low scoring affair that saw the girls fall behind but were able to squeak out a 10-8 victory. Defence in the last two minutes saw the girls able to withstand a ZIS onslaught. In our last match against Lausanne, the girls were tired but still put in a game effort on a 22-7 losing effort. Having only one substitute caught up to us and fatigue settled in on us like fog at midnight. At the end of the day, the girls won the bronze medal and represented themselves and our school proudly. Well done. Go Eagles.

Our Category D boys basketball team, made up mostly of 6th Grade students, showed huge improvement over the day, developing team plays and scoring more and more baskets each game. They were voted by the other teams, coaches and referees as the Most Sporting Team. Congratulations boys!

A huge THANK YOU goes to our coaches for their great commitment and enthusiasm: Carlos Morales, Jennifer Stokes-Smith, Mark Chesterfield, Meirion Jones, Marie-Pierre Debiton, Laura Carlson, Paul Steffan, Jeff Spratt and Kati Kalamar. Again the ISZL Sports Booster Club parents did an amazing job running the concession stand for our players and guests in the HS gym this weekend. A huge thank you to our community and especially to Shery Vincent for coordinating all the volunteers. A final big thank you to Ali and Linda Mamudi, Dion Harmsen and Cynthia Kemish for their facility and medical support!

Well done boys and girls!

Coming up this week...

25 February - 2 March

Thursday: Middle School boys A+B basketball vs International School of Basel at the High School

Saturday: Middle and High School ski training in Engelberg

Our next big home events for this season

8-9 March: SCIS Junior Varsity Boys Basketball tournament hosted by ISZL at High School

18 March: Sports Awards, 18:00-20:00, Zug Campus

All other games and tournaments



Go Eagles!




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