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High Level Sporting Success
In what has been a challenging year for sport we are delighted that a number of Canfordians have been excelling and have been selected to represent their sport at the highest levels. At the end of such a trying year it feels right to recognise just a few of those achievements.
This summer new Lower Sixth joiner Rhys Allen has worked incredibly hard to gain the ranking of No 1 U20 Discus thrower in the country. This form saw him represent GB Juniors in their international match at Loughborough in May and will see him aim to become English Schools Champion shortly in July.
Cricket continues to go from strength to strength at Canford for both boys and girls with a number of players now part of county pathways over the year. Amongst some talented players and an unbeaten season for the Boys 1st XI the standout performer has been Upper Sixth pupil Tom Prest. This summer he has made his full county T20 debut for Hampshire and amazingly scored an incredible 303 in only his second 2nd XI County Championship appearance for the county.
Canford’s Hockey strength has been shown by the England U18 call ups for both Molly Fairbairn and Will Whitmore. Although having had a really disjointed year both of them have showed huge dedication and resilience to keep performing at such a high level.
Rugby has probably been the sport hit hardest by COVID at school level and therefore it is a huge tribute to 1st XV Captain Freddie Charles that he has continued to be a mainstay of the Bath Academy U18 side. He will look to follow in the footsteps of some other OC’s who are starting to make their mark on Premiership rugby post their University degrees.
Away from some of the more traditional team games Robbie Hemmings has swum his way into the England National Junior Swimming Squad despite the challenges of a lack of pool time during lockdown and Abby Childerley has been part of the GB Junior Sailing Squad whilst here at Canford.
Tony Diprose, Director of Sport, commented:
“We celebrate sporting achievement whatever your level at Canford, but to be selected for national and top club level sides deserves particular mention. One of our core school values is humble ambition, and all these pupils have demonstrated this through a quiet determination to succeed and readiness to always look to improve. To achieve selection for a national side or top club requires a huge amount of hard work and dedication in training and we are very proud of their success. I look forward to watching their various sporting careers develop and wish them all the very best of luck in their forthcoming matches.”