International honours for Cowley Sixth Form student!

Cowley student wins her first two England caps

Cowley is celebrating the international sporting success of one of its students as Eleanor Cairns became the College’s first ever international darts player.

Cowley has been home for numerous individuals who have gone on to play sport at a high level, such as St Helens rugby league captain James Roby, but never before on the oche.

Eleanor, who has only just turned 17, was selected by England Darts to represent the country in two recent International Youth Challenges against Russia and Hungary, with the matches played remotely and streamed online.

The four-member squad played each of the four members of the opposition, with Eleanor recording an impressive six wins from her eight games, including a clean sweep of four victories from her four matches against Hungary in the most recent fixture.

Speaking about her success, Eleanor said: “It was a pleasure to be selected to represent my country, it was an amazing experience.

“The games were played remotely, with a video link between myself and my opponent. During the pandemic, online darts like this has been the best thing we can do and it has enabled me to continue doing what I love.

“Fortunately, I’ve been doing well in competitions and that led to my selection by England Darts, which has been one of my goals.

“Now that I’ve achieved that, I hope to go on to play senior county darts for Lancashire and, hopefully, there will be opportunities to play the best ladies players in the world and represent England again.”

Everyone at Cowley is extremely proud of Eleanor for her achievement and we’re sure that she will continue to enjoy further success in the future.