International Sporting Success
Solihull School pupils are to represent their country on the pitch and in the pool this month (July) to crown a triumphant season in no less than six different sports.
Fifteen-year-old Abigail Humphreys has been selected to swim for Great Britain in the Junior 400m Individual Medley in Portugal after setting a new West Midlands record time at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Glasgow.
While in football, Aoife Mannion is in the Under 19 England squad for the European Championship Finals in Norway after playing in all three qualifying matches against Finland, Serbia and Denmark. The 18-year old defender also reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League with Birmingham City Ladies.
Their success follows that of four fellow pupils at the independent coeducational school in Warwick Road who have all played international rugby this year.
Jonny Allen played for the Under 18 English Lambs – also known as the Independent Schools Barbarians - against Zimbabwe, while Kieran Joyce was a member of the Ireland Under18 Clubs side against France and Italy.
At Under 16 level, Ben Fowles captained the England Saxons to victory against Italy and won the Man of the Match award at the BMW Wellington Festival, and Charlie Morgan played for England Lions against England Roses in the festival.
In athletics 15-year-old Charlie Hadley came third in the Under 15 Long Jump at the Sportshall UK Finals in Manchester, where he represented the West Midlands.
Meanwhile 12-year-old Charley Gregory served notice of his Wimbledon intentions after winning this year’s Nike National Clay Court Under-12 singles title.
Elsewhere fencer Ben Priestley was a member of the Great Britain Cadet (Under 17) Foil Team that competed at Cabries in France and in Bratislava.
Steve Thompson, Director of Sport, said: “This has been an outstanding year for individual sporting success and a tribute to the huge training commitment put in by our boys and girls with the support of our first-class staff and facilities.”