Ian Robinson Sports Centre Newsletter
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Shooting for Succes
Lower Sixth pupil Andrew Park is shooting for success. Andrew, who has recently been appointed Vice- Captain of the Welsh Basketball Team, joined Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School last year from Hillside High through the Ogden Trust Sixth Form Scholarship partnership and has been going from strength to strength.
Andrew’s passion for basketball started aged 11, when he was encouraged by his mum to join the local team Sefton Stars. He quickly fell in love with the sport and was selected as one of the main players for the U11 team, playing fixtures against other local teams such as Bromborough and Ormskirk.
It was when Andrew was 13, and playing for the U14s, that he played his first National League Season. He was a key player in the squad and they progressed to the playoffs in the post season. Unfortunately, although they had a promising start, the team were knocked out in the second round. However, due to his excellent performance throughout the season, Andrew was nominated for, and won, the ‘One to Watch’ Award. This is awarded to the player that the coach and committee believe had the greatest chance of achieving good things within the sport in the future. Andrew said that it was this award that encouraged and motivated him to improve his game. He ultimately wanted to live up to the potential and belief that others had in him.
Andrew continued to play another two seasons and made it to the playoffs in both seasons. During the U18 season Andrew was asked to try out for the Welsh U18 Team. He was just 16. In July last year the team flew out to the Division C European Championships in Gibraltar, winning bronze in the competition. It was an excellent victory and Andrew said that it has motivated him to do even better this year. Andrew was lucky enough to make the team squad again this year and has already played friendlies against England and Ireland. Earlier this year he flew out to Greece for a training camp.
Andrew hasn’t let his love for his sport stop him achieving in other areas, having already gained his Blue Belt in Judo, and working towards his Brown Belt. As well all his sporting achievements he has been studying hard for his upcoming A-Levels in Maths, Physics, Further Maths and Chemistry. He hopes to further his education by attending Oxbridge University.