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A summer of sporting success

The School’s sports stars have been hard at work during the summer holidays, winning Team GB honours, handfuls of medals and breaking records on the national and international circuit.

Jack Musk has been invited to be an England rugby academy player, and Louisa Bray continued her England hockey career in style in the holidays as part of the bronze medal winning team at the European Championships. In the English Schools Athletics, Alexa Eichelmann finished third in the inter girls’ pole vault, and Ellie Grove was part of the inter girls’ 4x100m relay squad which not only won but also broke the championship record. Martha Hansford and Charlotte Cole were selected to represent Team GB in the European Biathle and Triathle Championships, and Sophie Tait enjoyed winning a silver medal with England A at the Sainsbury’s Games.

In cricket, Ben Geddes carried on scoring runs throughout the summer including an impressive 134 for Surrey against Hampshire; Arun Tubman, Rob Butler and Harry Mead have all been invited for the Surrey U15 trials. Molly Saunders also had a successful summer, making it through to regional and national volleyball trials.

The British and English National Competitions provided the platform for yet more success for our swim squad. Tom Shepherd qualified for the 50m freestyle final at the British competition, just missing out on a medal after achieving a personal best in the heats. Ben Simpson achieved silver in the 50m breaststroke at the English championship, emulating his 2015 silver success. Also in the water, Ardan Sulphi was placed fourth in his race at the National Rowing championship.

Away from traditional school sports Chris Lulham won the 2016 Junior European Karting title. As a result, Christopher has been picked for the Junior World Karting Series in Le Mans later this year. In the national shooting competitions at Bisley, Josh Williams was placed second place in the Ivegh cup, and is ranked 26th best for 13-18 year olds in the land. Fraser Brunton took part in the SODI world karting championship, finishing in a very respectable 12th place.

Netballers Grace Sullivan and Katie Littlewood have both been invited to trial for the national league later this month, and in gymnastics, Charlotte Winslet won a TeamGym national medal with the Leatherhead and Dorking gymnastics club.

Lauren Moors, Director of Sport at St John’s, commented: “To say that there have been some exciting performances across various sports this summer is an understatement. Our boys and girls have had some quite spectacular successes on the sporting front; what an extraordinary list of individual achievement.”

Published on 19/09/2016

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