Abingdon School Sportsmen Impress
21st November 2013

Abingdon School is enjoying a term of impressive sporting successes and not just in those sports for which the School traditionally enjoys a strong reputation.  Alongside Theo Brophy Clews who plays in the U17 England Rugby squad for the second year running and Will Carter-Keall who joined the U18 National Age Group Hockey Programme there are Ben Schneider and Jack Dawson who represent the U17 National Fencing Squad, Magnus Gregory, a double silver medallist in the Olympic Hopes International Kayak Sprint Regatta and Joshua Valentine double bronze medallist at Karate Union’s World Games for U20s.  

The School’s U18 senior medley and U16 intermediate freestyle relay swimmers reached the ESSA National Schools Relay Finals at Crystal Palace at the end of November and the U18 team set a new county record in qualifying.  Senior golfers, Charlie Normanton, Aman Patel and Alec Curtis are through to the regional final of the Independent Schools Golf Association Knockout Competition which takes place in March.

The School’s world class rowing reputation was maintained when Captain of Boats, Luke Derrick and his fellow oarsmen enjoyed their first competition this year in Philadelphia at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta and training is underway in earnest for the up and coming home season.

And it’s not just the senior teams that are enjoying this term.  Charlie Stoker led the U14 hockey team to victory in Lille France at the Euroluc Hockey Tournament and 16 year old Mike Dewar represents the U18 Wasps rugby squad and was a South West U18 trialist a year young.  The School’s rugby players are very much in demand with Jamie Pearson representing U18 Wasps and U18 Welsh Exiles, 1st XV Captain, Kieran Routledge playing for Gloucester U18s and Rory Garrett trialling for the U18 Independent Schools squad.

Commenting on this excellent term of sporting successes, Director of Sport, Andrew Hall said, “It's great to see so many boys gaining recognition for all their hard work in their particular discipline."


Press enquiries: Jane Warne, Abingdon School Communications Manager, M: 07890 236 289, email:  
Press Release          21 November 2013       


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