Friday, 29 July 2016

29 July 2016

As the summer term ended, the School caught up with two inspirational young alumni who have gone on to shine in swimming and water polo following impressive sporting careers during their school years.

Olympian Ed Scott played water polo for Team GB in the 2012 Olympics and has since competed for England at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. He left Bolton School in 2006 to read Medicine at Leeds University and continued to play water polo throughout his studies before being granted a year out to concentrate on his sport to prepare for the Olympics. Here he reflects on his water polo career and university life.

Old Girl Emma Saunders left Bolton School in 2012 having won silver and bronze swimming medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and medals at the World Junior Championships in Lima. She had won a full-time swimming scholarship at the University of Alabama in the US, and has recently completed her degree.

This week, Bolton School has played host to two of Activate Sport's summer camps.

The girls attending Netball Fever were delighted to meet England Netball and Manchester Thunder star Helen Housby, who spent a whole day sharing her expertise and coaching them through a variety of fun activities. The girls have had a good time increasing their netball skills over the course of the camp.

Lancashire CCC bowler Glen Chapple visited the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy and gave the boys a bowling masterclass. He also talked about his career, played some fun games, and allowed time for an enthusiastic question and answer session. The children made the most of his visit, making sure to quiz him about different types of bowling techniques as well as about his experiences playing first-class cricket. Over the course of the week they have enjoyed a variety of activities designed to hone their skills.

This week's Inspiring Mind is Stuart Cumming, an Old Boy who attended the School from 1944 to 1951, after which he went on to study Medicine at Manchester University. He worked at Bolton General Hospital after he qualified, but eventually decided in the 1960s to join the Royal Australian Navy. In the US he trained to specialise in Ophthalmology and, since then, has gone on to pioneer a revolutionary type of artificial lens.

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