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Canford summer sporting success

Canford summer sporting success
Karen Smith

This summer has seen Canfordians past and present achieving exceptional top level success in their sport.  Among the many highlights, Canford Shell pupil and member of Poole Swimming Club, Robbie Hemmings performed at the British Summer Swimming Championships, qualifying for nine events and Swim England Nationals qualifying for four events. Congratulations to Robbie on his incredible performance, he returned from the British Championships with a new British Age Group record in the 50m and 100m Backstroke for 14 year old boys. He won Gold in the 100m and Bronze in the 50m, Gold in 200m Backstroke. In all events Robbie significantly improved or maintained his ranking in each event. His Swim England Nationals performance was equally impressive, claiming Bronze in the 800m Freestyle and on the last day he qualified 7th for the 400m Freestyle final, leading all the way from start to finish to take the Gold from one of the outside lanes, dropping his PB by six seconds.

More national level sports success to celebrate has been Grace Hewett and Liv Imms who raced as juniors as part of the Welsh Rowing team in the Home International Regatta at the end of July, earning International vests competing against crews from Scotland, Ireland and England. More Welsh Rowing vests for Canford!

Huge congratulations also go to Canfordian Molly Fairbairn, part of the U16s England Hockey team winning the Home Nations Tournament including co-captaining the final game of season, plus 1st XI captain Martha Taylor playing for England Hockey U18s in the European 6 Nations Tournament in Eindhoven.

In other sports Adam Phillips competed in his second English Schools’ Athletics championships at Alexandra Stadium in Birmingham in July and our GB Youth and junior sailors, Abby, Tom and Finlay have taken part in a competition programme over the summer.

OC Felix Organ, who moved on to a contract with Hampshire after leaving Canford, batted to a maiden 1st team century for Hampshire against Kent in July.  The 20-year-old opener fell a ball after reaching his century, but shared in a 166-run partnership with Rilee Rossouw (92) for Hampshire's third wicket.  Felix struck eight fours and four sixes in his 234-ball knock, which came in just his third first class appearance.

After the match, Felix talked to BBC Radio Solent about his Hampshire experience so far: "It’s been awesome. I remember the first game I played here and I got a massive clap when I scored a run and thought “Oh my word this is awesome, I've only scored one run” then getting a hundred was the best feeling ever.  This is what I practice and play for.  You always hope that it will happen but after last week, despite only scoring one, I thought “I can do this”.”

It is fantastic to see our Canford athletes reaching such high levels in their sport.  A great deal of hard work and dedication alongside talent goes into making these achievements happen, not only by the athletes themselves but also all those who support them.   Thank you to all the coaches, managers, physios and Canford parents and coaches for their ongoing time and encouragement.

Welsh Rowing - Liv Imms, Grace Hewett
England Hockey - Molly Fairbairn


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