GEMS Wellington International School Dubai outshine in the 1st GEMS Basketball Cup
The passion and pride for basketball were on grand display on the courts at Dubai Sports World, as the GEMS Sports Series held its first ever GEMS Basketball Cup on the 25th June 2018. The tournament was a huge success with over 450+ youth players from 18 schools across UAE participating. While the girls competed in U12 category, the boys competed in the U10, U12, U14 and U16 categories, with a strong intention to win the first edition of the competition.
GEMS Sports Series would like to thank the event partner ESM Events, technical partner Beyond Basketball Academy and sponsors Monviso and iPro Sports Drink for their ongoing support in making this event a successful one. The GEMS basketball cup points to a bright future for UAE basketball players.
In the U10 age category, one could clearly see the involvement of the kids in basketball. Despite their tender age, it was fascinating to see how the players put into practice the techniques and skills required in a basketball game so smoothly. Scoring the most number of points, the boys from GEMS Royal Dubai School were crowned champions, followed by Jumeirah Primary School, Dubai and Cambridge International School Dubai respectively.
The players in the U12 category were in no way less enthusiastic or motivated than their older peers. Both boys and girl’s squads from GEMS Wellington International School (WIS) were clinical in their approach in each game and displayed exemplary teamwork. WIS beat Cambridge International School (CIS), Dubai to clinch the trophy in the boys’ category, while WIS girls emphatically beat GEMS Metropole School (MTS) to be crowned the first U12 girls’ champions.
Winning seems to be a habit that GEMS Wellington International School Dubai (WIS) love to have, as they continued their winning streak into the U14 category as well. They used a consistent strategy throughout all matches, which saw them qualify for the finals and eventually win the trophy in impressive fashion. Even though they were runners-up, the U14 boys from The Millennium School Dubai showcased inspiring performance throughout the tournament. The boys from The Winchester School, Jebel Ali claimed the bronze trophy in the U14 category.
GEMS Wellington International School Dubai (WIS) continues their march as champions and made it to yet another final, as the boys from WIS were crowned U16 champions. Dubai American Academy came in 2nd place, followed by The Millennium School Dubai who succeeded in making it again in the top 3.
The GEMS Basketball Cup was highlighted by the brilliant performances delivered by the players. Head coach, Greg Campbell from GEMS Wellington International School Dubai said – “Basketball continues to flourish at GWIS and winning in the four age categories at the inaugural GEMS Basketball Cup, Girls and Boys U/12, 14 & 16, is testament to the hard work and dedication the players have put in during the year. We’ve had some great support from our Principal over the years that allows us to provide our students with every opportunity to train and play to the best of their ability. The GEMS Sports Series provides our students with the opportunity to compete in such well-organised tournaments in a great venue. This compliments what we have been doing during the year and I am confident this is only going to do wonders for GWIS Basketball in the coming years and the sport of Basketball within GEMS Schools.”Crowds were entertained throughout the tournament, as there were many moments of brilliance around individual skill and team play. We have seen some fabulous basketball being played and been very impressed with the basketball skills demonstrated by the players. Congratulations to all the amazing players who were awarded ‘Most Valuable Player’ at the basketball tournament namely:
- Ara Malkasinian (U10) – Royal Dubai School
- Mayil Jalilov (U12) - Wellington International School
- Alisha Sherma (U12) - Wellington International School
- John Hattar (U14) - Wellington International School
- Samir Singh (U16) - Wellington International School
James Bowring, Managing Director, ESM said - “The GEMS Basketball Cup is such a strong addition to the GEMS Sports Series because of the great number of youth teams participating locally and players who will one day be the future of their clubs and national teams. Our objective from this tournament is to provide a competitive platform for promising youth players and we look forward to using this tournament as a window for them to take their game to a higher level. The number of schools that participated in our first edition of the tournament asserts and confirms everyone’s view of the tournament and we’d like to thank everyone involved.