Bournemouth Sports in Limelight
4th March: Sophie Barcsai won two titles at the Welsh National Championships in Cardiff on the 2nd-3rd March. She is National Champion at U11 and U13 (dropping only one end in both of these events). Also she was in the Semis of the Cadets (under 15's) which was won by Anna Hursey. In the Irish Nationals which took place at the same time, 12 year old Emily Flynn, who has trained at Bournemouth in preparation for this event, dominated, beating all other 8 contenders to become Irish National U13 Champion. Our own Hannah Hicks competing in the English Nationals, despite hardly training over the last 6 months came away with a Bronze Medal losing only to Tin Tin Ho in the Semis.
9th January: Last year Sophie got to the last 8 in the Hungarian Mini Cadet Open in the under 11 event. This year at the age of 9 she reached the semis in a very strong field of girls from all over Europe, many of them National Champions in their own country. She still has 2 more years in this event. She also with a scratch partner reached the final of the Team Consolation for girls' 13