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November 2017

Congratulations to the Junior Swim Team at ISSFHK Championships

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Wow! Congratulations to our Junior Swim Team (U12 and U14) on their awesome performances at the ISSFHK Championships on Friday.
We love the results below, but we love more the great Swim Team Culture that is developing.
Sincere thanks to Coaches McHugh, Sharp, Liu and Robichaud for leading this programme.

Junior Swim Team
U 12 – Emma Rose Zilla / Larissa Rahmel / Morning Li / Haley Chu
U 14 – Samantha / Jasmine Putnam / Victoria Yong
U 12 – Elliott Wong / Luca Moore / Keith Wan / Brendan Lam
U 14 – Anson Tam / Ryan Tse / Aidan Yeung / Justin Cheung
There were excellent performances from everyone. Our youngest swimmers, who are a few years younger than their age group,gained valuable first time experience in Victoria Park Pool and lots of swimmers had Personal Bests.

Special mention to swimmers who finished with Gold Silver and Bronze
Gold: Anson Tam and Samantha Tai
Silver: Samantha Tai (2) / Anson Tam (2)
Bronze: Ryan Tse (3) / Haley Chu / Elliot Wong / Brendan Lam

We came second in the Overall Total Medals Count for Junior and Senior with 34 medals – 9 Gold, 11 Silver and 14 Bronze and

CDNIS won Best Overall Boys in the 2017-18 championships.

Reports from SEASAC Golf and SEASAC Cross Country

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This weekend featured SEASAC Individual athletes working together to achieve some great results for their TWolves teams.

Our SEASAC Cross Country team, competing in Singapore, ran their hearts out and pushed themselves to the limit. The first day proved challenging in hot and humid temperatures, but the team persevered and completed the 5k course with impressive times and personal bests. Charlie Stewart took second place overall with a blazing time of 16:57, a mere 7 seconds behind 1st place. Charlie was also awarded the SEASAC MVP for males (this after winning MVP at SEASAC Football earlier this month!). Harmony Pang placed 6th overall with a time of 21:30 and earned the award of SESAC XC MVP. The team got a real taste of true competition during the second day of relay racing and worked together to perform better than before. The girl’s team placed 5th in the relay and 4th place overall out of 12 teams. The boys finished in 6th place for the relay, holding down a strong 1st and 2nd place lead for the majority of the race. Our students are already looking forward to working harder and pushing themselves further in order to return next year and dominate the leaderboards. Thanks to Coach Susie and Coach Young for traveling with the team to SEASAC and for Coach Jablonowski for leading the Cross Country programme.

Clips from cross country this weekend:

Our SEASAC Golfers played 3 rounds at the beautiful Windmill Course in Bangkok. Our Twolves team was a true representation of the CDNIS’ through school, with Shine from Grade 4, teaming with Anika from Grade 12 in the Girls Competition. We also had Grade 8-12 represented on the Boys Team. SEASAC Captain Anika Lai lead the Girls scoring, finishing 13th overall with rounds of 87 and 85. Shine – the youngest competitor of the 150 competitors – put together two amazing rounds of 89/93 – including 2 birdies. The Girls combined to finish 5th overall in the Teams competition. Each of the 6 Boys representatives had a contributing score in the Boys 2 Day competition where the team finished 10th overall (out of 15 schools). The low scorer for the weekend was Eric (Grade 8) who finished in the top half of the field with rounds of 90 and 85. Thanks to Coach Wah and Lovegrove for leading the teams and for Coaches Adams, Tupling and Holtet who lead the Golf programme.

Golf clip here:


Swim Team ISSFHK Champions (B20)

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Congratulations to the CDNIS Senior Swim Team who represented the TWolves at the ISSFHK Championships at Victoria Park Pool on Thursday.
For all the Golds, Silvers and Bronzes see message below from Coach McHugh.
Congratulations to the Boys Senior Team who are Champions of ISSFHK! A fantastic result for the team and for our Swim programme. Thanks Coaches McHugh, Sharp and Liu for leading this team.

Report from Coach McHugh

Congratulations to the Senior Swim Team on an AWESOME Performance at the ISSFHK Championships.

The Boys U 20 finished CHAMPIONS in their U 20 age group:

David Yeung / Michael Van Voorst / Ricky Lam / James Loh.

The Mens Team (U16 & U20) placed 2nd overall and the Women’s Team placed fourth.

It was a brilliant Team performance as every Swimmer picked up points.

We had a lot of swimmers finishing in the top 3 and a lot of Personal Best times.

1st place:
Anson Leung X2 / David Yeung / Michael Van Voorst / Dana Chan
U 20 Boys Relay X2 (IM & Free)

2nd Place:
Karen Chan / Michael Van Voorst / Amanda Tai / David Yeung / Ricky Lam
U 20 Girls Relay X2 (IM & Free)

3rd Place:
Michael Van Voorst / Cartman Tai X2 / Karen Chan X2 / David Yeung / Amanda Tai / Ricky Lam

Special mention to Anson Leung who came first in his 50m and 100m Backstroke and also set a new ISSFHK Record for 50 m Backstroke in U 16 in a time of 30.98


Congrats to all Swim Team Members below:

Kirsty Armitage / Dana Chan / Nika Logofet / Amanda Ma
Karen Chan (Captain) / Eloise Fan / Nicola Ho / Amanda Tai / Carole Tunik

Anson Leung / Cartman Tai / Eugene Tseng / Caleb Loh /
James Loh / David Yeung / Michael Van Voorst / Ricky Lam
Best of Luck to Junior Swimmers who will be competing on Friday 24th November.

A Golden End to ISSFHK Season 1 – B20 Volleyball Championships

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With the Gym full of TWolves fans in the stand, the B20 Volleyball team iced a great season by completing the threepeat of ISSFHK Div 1 Championships (2015/16/17). Their play was at another level as they worked as a team to win the Semi v CAIS, in 2 tight sets, to progress to play HKIS in the final. Consistent service, hard hitting, and desperate defense were the keys to finishing the season with Gold. Coaches Po and Steiner were very pleased with the Boys and proud of everything they had achieved this year; awesome work Issac, Kevin, Elan, Branson, Hanur, Sean, Enton, Ryan, Jason, James, Zhi Wei, Nicolas and Sam!


Recruiting Equestrian Athletes!

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CDNIS has a strong Equestrian programme, please read the information in the attachment to find out all about the training, commitment and experience needed to join the team. For further information Please contact: Karma Wilson (

Could this be YOU? Hong Kong Equestrian Federation Interschool EquestrianChallenge Each year more than 20 schools compete in the HKEF interschool competition in dressage and show jumping. This will be the fifth year CDNIS has fielded teams. We have a history of successful participation having been finalists in both the lower and higher divisions. But most of all we want to challenge our riders to advance their riding, support each other and have fun! We are currently seeking applicants to join the squad. Lower division teammembers may be 10 – 14yo and higher division 12 – 16yo on 1 January 2018. Please contact: Karma Wilson ( to express interest Do you love horses, ride regularly, want to compete and represent your school? Then we’d love to hear from you! Please read the details below. If you think you’re a good fit either you or your parents should contact us and we’ll have a chat. Rider requirements: Applicants must be competent riders attending regular lessons. Riders will be required to complete a preliminary dressage test (including canter components) and execute a round of show jumps. Lower division riders must be able to jump 50cm while higher division riders must jump 80cm and be capable of handling an ex-racehorse. Time commitment: Each team will compete in a heat in March then the top four teams enter finals in April. The sponsors offer mini-comps in Nov-Jan which we will attend. There will be at least one team lesson in both dressage and show jumping on the allocated horses/ponies. Mini-comps, heats and finals take a half day from school. Team lessons are after school.

Season 1 Report

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Our SEASAC Teams returned Sunday evening from a brutal weekend of marathon games, physical and mental challenges and with stories of epic victories.
We can be very proud of the way our Timberwolves played in matches that are at the elite level of competition.

Three out of four teams went into the Sunday playoffs with everything on the line.

Our Girls Football team had earned the pleasure of a recovery day on Sunday, after securing 5th place in the Div 1 Football competition. Our strong Girls team played attacking and attractive football – scoring 18 goals in 6 games – and in the process and recording great victories over RIS and GIS. They also fought back from 0-3 down in pool play to draw 3-3 with eventual champions TTS. This gives a great indication of the closeness and competitiveness of the competition. Finishing pool play in 5th place meant just missing out on the SEASAC semi-finals and the chance to medal, but on the plus side, it also meant that the girls did not have to worry about the dreaded relegation game. This team has the potential to do big things in SEASAC over the next 2-3 years. We were the only school at SEASAC to have Grade 8s in our team and we have plenty to look forward to and build toward for SEASAC ’18.

Our Boys Football team had an epic first day of competition playing 3 competitive matches and being in contention in every game. Most games were decided by one or two moments in the game and unlike the same tournament last year, we were not on the winning side of these moments. This meant a resetting of goals and strategic planning. Coach Wah’s was able to give the whole squad game time on Saturday, partly to build experience at this level but mainly to ensure we had fresh legs for the crucial relegation game on Sunday morning. This proved to be a strategic masterstroke as the 6th/7th playoff game was an extreme battle. CDNIS came back from 2-3 down late in the game to equalise and force the match into extra time. Two Periods of Golden goal, after 6 matches in the Bangkok heat was a test of the team’s grit and resilience as much as it was a test of fitness. We can be very proud that we were able to step up to these challenges and in the last minutes of the game, Jonny Simpson was fouled in the box and converted the penalty that gave the TWolves the win and confirmed CDNIS’ place in the elite level of SEASAC for 2018.

The tale of play was remarkably similar in Singapore at the SEASAC Volleyball tournament. This time the Girls VB team – previous finalists at SEASAC for the last 3 years – had the fight of their life to stay in Division 1. In pool play on Friday alone, they played 14 sets! Considering an average Wednesday night competition game in HK is 2-3 sets, this was again a test of both their physical and mental strength. The team bounced back from a heartbreaking 5 set loss to BPS – going down 14-16 in the fifth set, to record a strong victory over UWC East on Saturday morning. To stay in Division one they had to repeat the performance on Sunday. After losing the first set of the playoff, the girls displayed their fighting characteristics to come back to win 3-1 and finish the tournament on a high. They won their 25th and final set of the tournament 28-26. Very rarely is 5th place better than 4th, but on Sunday 5th November it certainly felt like it. Congratulations girls for being courageous and determined and committed to ensuring the Timberwolves stayed in Div 1.

Our Boys Volleyball powered through Day 1 of SEASAC undefeated and really untroubled. They disposed of last years runners-up, ISY, in 3 sets and in their coaches words “had found their rhythm”. On Saturday morning they continued their march toward back to back SEASAC gold before costly errors on their own serve lead to a slip up against host UWC East. Still finishing tied top after pool play gave the Boys confidence leading into their Saturday night semi-final. In pool play, the team had comfortably beaten BPS but in the semi-final, BPS raised their game and before the Twolves team could react we had lost the semi-final and the chance to defend our title. However, they had to recover and refocus as we did have the chance to add a red banner to the CDNIS Gym wall on Sunday. And the team brought their ‘A game’ to clinch SEASAC Bronze. The Boys sportsmanship was also acknowledged as they were awarded the prestigious SEASAC Sportsmanship Trophy. Congratulations Boys for not just your results but how you achieved them.

If you feel exhausted reading about these battles in Bangkok and slugfests Singapore, please spare a thought for our 8 committed, passionate and talented SEASAC Coaches. These coaches had to experience the challenges vicariously through their players and they will return to Hong Kong today absolutely exhausted after three days of epic games and having the responsibility of guiding the players – tactically, physically and emotionally – through the SEASAC experience. Thank you Coaches Dave Perry, Kerri Coombs, Coaches Justin Wah and Ching Chun, Coaches Kat Clouthier and Vicky Chung and Coaches Marc Steiner and Jessy Po and to AT Ngan Chung. I know you each gave your teams absolutely everything this weekend and you can be proud of their achievements.

All four 4 Teams all still in Division One of SEASAC; this means we have 363 days to start planning for SEASAC 2018!

Silver Wednesday…Golden Thursday

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Congratulations to our G20 Girls Volleyball Team who played an exciting 3 set semi final v Delia School last night. They showed great determination to win and progress through to the Gold Medal match v HKIS at HKIS. This game featured some of the best Volleyball (blocks, hits, long rallies) played all year. The TWolves coming back from 1-9 down in the first to just lose 25-23. The CDNIS team finished with SIlver and now head to Singapore this morning for SEASAC. Congratulations girls and thanks Coaches Cheung and Clouthier.

Congratulations to the G16 team who made the Playoffs and finished 4th at RCHK. Coach Schmalenberg is proud of his team and we are all proud of Coach Schmalenberg.

This morning our G14 Football team travel to Kings Park to compete in semi finals and finals for the ISSFHK Div 1 Championship. Good Luck to Coach Ching and the Girls.
This evening our high flying B16 Volleyball Team travel to HKIS for playoffs, as top qualifiers in the B16 Div Championships. Good Luck to Coach Man and his men.

Silver Tuesday… Golden Wednesday

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Congratulations to our two Div 1 Under 14 Volleyball Teams who finished their seasons yesterday with Silver Medals. Both teams showed massive improvement throughout the year and can be proud of their seasons.

The B14 qualified 4th for the finals and had to play undefeated HKA in their Semi Final. The boys played the game of the year to win in three sets. In the final, they went down to home team RCHK. Congratulations Coach Cameron and the Boys for super silver.

The G14 team qualified second and had a great semi final with HKIS. Winning the first set 27-26 in a thriller and then winning the second to qualify for the Championship game. The team played their best set of the year v HKA in the final, just going down 27-26. They finished with Silver which means our girls programme is strong for 2018-19. Thanks Coach Khory for all the hard work with these girls this year.

The depth of our girls volleyball programme is also shown by the G14 Div 2 team playing in the Playoffs, finishing 4th at HKIS yesterday.
Thanks Coach Lolita for developing these players.

This afternoon our G16 team travel to RCHK to compete in the Div 1 playoffs. Good Luck Coach Schmalenberg and the Girls.
This evening our G20 team travel to HKIS to defend their ISSFHK title. This starts 5 days of Volleyball in a row for our top team as they fly to Singapore tomorrow morning for SEASAC. Travel well, Coach Clouthier, Coach Cheung and the team.

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