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Sports Round Up

As we approach the end of 2018, it is certainly worth looking back on what has been a significant year in Worthing sport.

Let’s start where we left off: Worthing-based Murray Hambro has spent the past month in Sydney at the Invictus Games, an international multidiscipline sporting event for wounded Service personnel. Murray has been flying the flag for Great Britain and, of course, Worthing, as he competes across all disciplines finishing fourth in both the men’s IT4 100m final and the men’s IT4 400m final. Additionally, Murray, who lost both legs below the knee while serving in Afghanistan in 2010, finished fifth in the men’s IT4 200m final.

On to football, and what a start to the season it has been for Worthing Football Club! In stark contrast to its sluggish kick off in 2017, the team is currently fourth in the Bostik League Premier Division with three games in hand on the clubs above them. Win those, and The Rebels will soar to the top of the league. Everyone at Here & Now wishes the club the greatest success for the remainder of the season, which we hope ends with a much deserved promotion.

From both an academic and youth sport point of view, Worthing College continues to go from strength to strength, setting high standards in innovation and leadership to attract the very best young sporting talent. The College has recently been accredited by TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme), making it the only college in Sussex to be part of this flagship scheme. This is a fantastic achievement for Worthing College, its Academy of Sport, and local sport in general.

Last, and by no means least, we must congratulate the Worthing Water Polo Under 15s team. Undefeated in 2018, the team triumphed in the Swim England Under 15s National Age Group Championships at the Manchester Aquatics Centre. They drew a tough group but held their own against Sedgefield 15-4, and then emerged victorious against previous year’s winners City of Manchester A. They maintained their unbeaten run through the play-offs with a 10-2 victory over Watford A in the final. Huge congratulations to the players and the coaching staff on this terrific achievement.

As we enter mid-season for sports such as football and rugby, many clubs are in the early stages of planning their 2019 seasons. The cricket season starts in spring, and clubs are always looking for keen amateur players. If you are interested in joining a local side, there are plenty to choose from nearby including Worthing, Chippingdale and Goring-By-Sea.

Craig Peters | @TheBurpeeGuy