Double Olympic Gold Medalist Leads Lincoln Swim Camp!

It was an absolute pleasure and privilege hosting double Olympic gold medalist, Penny Heyns, at Lincoln School last week. It was a fantastic learning experience for our swimmers and coaches. Each day, Penny Heyns would focus on one of the four competitive stokes, before leading an intense training session for our swimmers. While this was appreciated greatly, of arguably even more significance were the quality of her sports psychology classroom sessions that focused on mental toughness and many of the character traits that help us to become successful in life. Thank you, Penny Heyns, for sharing your expertise with our students and staff!

Snow Leopards Represent at Lincoln Hosted Youth Football Tournament!

Eight teams from around the Kathmandu Valley, including two representing the Snow Leopards, participated in a Lincoln School organized and hosted 14&U, 8-a-side, Football tournament on Saturday, May 18. The level of skill, sportsmanship and teamwork on display was evident in all teams with local club team, SWSCFA, finishing as tournament champions. Congratulations to all involved!

Snow Leopards Reach Basketball Finals for 3rd Time in 4 Years!

MUMBAI, India. — For seven of the twelve players that traveled for SAISA Boys’ Basketball, it was our last SAISA experience. Mateus, Sheshank, Dane, Eskil, Ishan, Avinash and Avi have been on this team for more than three years and not only have we grown as basketball players, but also as teammates, friends and brothers.

Although we had a very short season and Coach S. Davis was away on paternity leave, we were able to keep our focus, intensity and improve everyday. We were lucky to be able to train with a local club team, the Himalayan Hounds, every Monday and Tuesday to play at a higher level, preparing us for the SAISA tournament.

This SAISA Boys’ Basketball tournament was action-packed, filled with many learning opportunities for the team. The first tournament day was a tough one for the Lincoln School boys. The team ended up playing two of the favorites to win the tournament and ended up losing both games on that first day. While disheartening, the coaches told the boys to keep their heads up and not to give up.

The boys had something to prove the second day and came out strong (even with a slow start) with a win against the OSC Geckos. The brought them into the quarter-finals with a match-up against TAISM. The boys played TAISM with great energy and a high press that was simply too much for the opposition.

Encouraged by their win, the boys went on to the semi-finals to play the Chennai Raptors for a second time. Having previously lost to the Raptors, the boys were itching to face them again. The Snow Leopards took Chennai by storm with high energy plays and intensity, shocking the competition. The Snow Leopards now found themselves in a SAISA Boys’ Basketball final for the third time in four years.

Our motto, “Big Heart and Strong Mind,” led us to the SAISA finals. Although we didn’t have the best first day, each and every game we improved, picking up the tempo and leaving teams shocked with our high intensity basketball. Beating a home court team like Bombay is always tough, but all of the boys showed incredible heart and put up an amazing fight. Overall, the SAISA Boys’ Basketball team truly showed their Lincoln Snow Leopard spirit in this epic SAISA boys basketball tournament.

SAISA Boys Basketball Seniors

Lincoln Track & Field Team Sizzles in the Heat of Chennai!

CHENNAI, India. — This year, Lincoln’s SAISA Track and Field team flew to the American International School of Chennai with a team of 20 athletes. We had a challenging, short season but nonetheless, our team was ready and motivated to compete. We were both mentally and physically ready for the competition (and the heat!), which helped to challenge us and push our limits. During the meet, we engaged with athletes from other schools, as well as bonded with our own team. At the end of three hard, but fun days, every athlete on our team had broken at least two personal records, and multiple students returned with a medal. We (the athletes) and the coaches were very proud of our efforts and performances.

During our last day in Chennai, the team enjoyed some downtime in a local mall, where we watched Captain Marvel, as well spending some time as a team at the beach and in the pool. We followed that up with a well-deserved pizza party to replenish our glucose levels and rounded off our rest day with some card games and bonding time. The whole trip was a really rewarding experience for both the athletes and the coaches and we look forward to challenging ourselves even further next year.
Go Snow Leopards!

SAISA Girls’ Football Battles to Bronze in the Heat of Mumbai!

MUMBAI, India. — The SAISA Girls’ Football team traveled to a hot and humid Mumbai last week with water bottles in hand. The girls kicked off the tournament with a 4-0 win and then equalized in the dying moments of their second match to tie the host school 1-1. The Snow Leopards then lost a tight game to defending champions and eventual winners, TAISM, but still qualified for the semi-finals by finishing second in their group. In the semis, the girls lost a heartbreaker to the AISD Tigers, who scored off the post in the last minute of their match. However, the girls showed great character to come through the Bronze Medal match with a strong effort, eventually winning on penalties against the Overseas School of Colombo. This amazing team of young women battled their way through 3 days and 5 games to bring home the third place trophy! Congratulations, ladies!

2019 SAISA Girls Soccer Team

Kayaking in the Pool!

Our Grade 11 students stepped up their preparations for Service Nepal by kayaking in our heated swimming pool. This was an opportunity for our students and teachers to meet their river and kayaking guides, while practicing important kayaking and water safety skills in a controlled environment.

Lincoln Football Tournament: Great Experience for Lady Leopards!

The Lincoln School Girls’ Football team divided and conquered in the Lincoln Invitational this past weekend. All girls trying out for SAISA were broken into two teams – Lincoln Red and Lincoln White – and were joined by a further 3 teams from other schools in the valley. It was a great learning opportunity for both our newer and more experienced players with lots of hard fought matches against Rato Bangala, TSS, and team United. Our Lincoln Red team finished the tournament as runner’s up with both teams contributing to some great football and team spirit. Congratulations to all!

Lincoln Hoops: Boys Show Their Class at Invitational

The Lincoln School Boys’ Basketball Team stepped up its preparations for SAISA at our local tournament this past weekend. With four teams competing for the trophy, our skilled and experienced players swept all other school opposition aside before meeting their match against the sharp-shooting Kirtipur Club team. In what would be a tight contest, the boys lost to a three in the final minute, but were pleased with their performances.

This tournament was also a wonderful experience for our JV squad, who got some valuable time on the court in game situations. Congratulations to the coaches and student-athletes on their efforts!

Lincoln Tennis Team Rallies in Chennai

CHENNAI, India. — Lincoln School’s tennis team headed to India to brave the heat on the outdoor ground and rooftop courts of the American International School of Chennai.  First, we played round-robin ranked singles and doubles for boys and girls. With a handful of wins under our belt and a number of impressive (and long) matches behind us, the Snow Leopards headed into the mixed doubles portion of the meet where two of our teams made it to the quarterfinals, due to a strong showing from our newer players. In mixed teams play, Lincoln students co-won the 3/4 mixed category and placed second and third in the 1/2 mixed category. Our Snow Leopards played in quarters, semis, and finals, hitting shots and winning games that elicited gasps of shock and admiration from the watching crowd.

Despite having one of the youngest teams (and the only middle schoolers) at the tournament, every member of the team played long and hard, fighting for every point, game, and match. That competitive edge truly embodies the Snow Leopard spirit!

–  Coach Eve

Lincoln Boys Football Reach SAISA Semis!

MUSCAT, Oman. — The Lincoln Boys’ Football Team headed to the Gulf to defend their SAISA title against 9 nine other international schools.

Expectations were high heading into the tournament, and we kicked off in the heat of the day against a tough Dhaka team. The boys took a while to get going and went into the 2nd half a goal down, but then began to play their football and equalized from a penalty. Despite us having the momentum and the better play, Dhaka scored off a free-kick in the dying minutes to win 2-1.

We bounced back in style a couple of hours later, putting in a smooth and assured performance against Colombo. The boys threaded some nice passing together and capped their strong team play with a few spectacular goals, including a bicycle kick, to win 4-1!
Lincoln got the job done on day 2, with a strong performance against the Raptors from Chennai – winning 3-1. Great team play resulted in some fantastic opportunities and goals. This win took us into the quarter finals.
However, we had a quick turnaround and had to play Jordan a couple of hours later, who were also looking to seal their spot in the quarters. We took our collective feet off the pedal a bit too much in this match and ended up losing 2-1.
The boys played like poet warriors against ASB in the quarters. Despite controlling most of the game, we conceded two goals on the break and found ourselves with a mountain to climb with about 10 minutes remaining. However, we pulled a goal back from a penalty, and then found an equalizer off a corner, to send the game into extra time. It was in this grueling stage of the match that one of our 8th graders curled a ball into the top corner and the comeback was complete. What-a-game!!!
However, this left us with very little time to prepare for our semi-final vs Dhaka, who were playing their first match of the day. The opposition came out firing; we found ourselves a couple of goals down early on and were not able to recover this time, with physical and mental fatigue taking its toll.
We finished the tournament in 4th place. Not what we hoped for as defending champions, but it was great to see our boys keep their composure in challenging circumstances in the heat of Muscat.
At the awards banquet, our boys received a multitude of S-pins, both as individuals and the team as a whole, for their character, their friendship, and the respect they showed to all those associated with the tournament.

Go Snow Leopards!
LS Boys’ Football Coaches