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Alumni and Students Support GB Water Polo

  • GB U19 Water Polo team OBs and pupils
  • Thea Simpson water polo
  • England vs Scotland Exhibition Game May 2018 - L-R Aaron Winstanley, Ed Grundy, Lewis Daly, Elliot Makin

The Great Britain Men’s U19 Water Polo team has qualified for this summer’s European Championships for the first time in a decade, with four players on the team who have a connection to Bolton School. Year 13 student Harrison Barker-Smith and alumni Bill Moores, Ben Ray and Ben Riding all played in the qualifying tournament, which was held in Manchester from 11 to 13 May.

The Bolton School connection runs deeper: the U19 team’s Assistant Coach was Boys’ Division water polo coach Mr McGinty and the Team Manager was former parent Colin Walsh.

The team came second in the LEN Group C Qualifying Tournament following fixtures against Lithuania, Ukraine and Greece. They will now go forward to play at the European Championships in Minsk, Belarus, in August.

Girls’ Division Year 12 student Thea Simpson has also been selected to play for the England Women’s U19 team at the Senior Women’s EU Nations Tournament this weekend (25 to 27 May) in Brno, Czech Republic. At the start of the academic year she was invited to join the U19 squad, and has now been named as one of the thirteen players who will represent England in this Senior competition.

Bolton School alumni faced off in an England vs Scotland exhibition match on 12 May. Aaron Winstanley, Lewis Daley and Elliot Makin played for the England team while Ed Grundy was on the opposing Scottish team. This was part of a three-match extravaganza, which took place in between the U19 qualification tournament matches.

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