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School Proud of its Olympic Contribution

Monday, 05 March 2012

"We are extremely proud of our involvement in the forthcoming Olympic Games, in terms of contributing both athletes and personnel who will help run the event" said Sue Hincks, the Headmistress of Bolton School Girls' Division.  

Year 13 student Emma Saunders, who picked up silver and bronze swimming medals in the last Commonwealth Games, has an incredible summer ahead of her as she takes her A level exams just before, she hopes, taking part in the Games.  Ahead of her final swim trials at the British Gas Swimming Championships at London Aquatics Centre, which are taking place this week, Emma said: "The School has been fantastic in helping me out, they have let me take 10 days off for the trials and the teachers have given me work to take with me.  I even have their email addresses in case I get stuck! I will probably do some catch-up lessons when I get back. The next week or so will be very exciting as I need to achieve a top four finish in order to qualify outright for the Games.  If I am in the top six, I will need to wait until June for the final decision.  I am hoping to go in the 100m and 200m freestyle relay races.  It will be a dream come true if I get to go.  Knowing what it was like in Delhi, I am sure there will be lots of fun in the Olympic village and I should get a few tickets for my family."  

Old Boy Daniel Sliwinski, aged 21, is the current British 100m breaststroke record holder and another Commonwealth Games medallist. Over the weekend he secured his place in the 100m breaststroke in this summer's Games when he took gold in the British Gas Swimming Championship.  Later in the week, he will try for a top two finish to confirm his place in the 200m breaststroke. 

Philip Britton, Headmaster of the Boys' Division, said: "Continuing our extraordinary tradition in acquatics, Old Boy Ed Scott will be in goal for the GB water polo team, where he will be joined in the squad by fellow alumnus Richard Lawlor. Another recent leaver, Michael Duddle, along with Colin Walsh, a parent and Trevor Pledger, a member of our PE staff will be running the play zones and training venues for the water polo at the Games."

Looking forward to the summer, Ed Scott, said: "Preparation for the Games is going very well. The GB water polo team meet up through the year to play different international fixtures, but we will all be centralised to Manchester once European leagues finish for the season in May.  The team's goals for London are to play competitively with the best teams in the world. Another big aim of London is to inspire as many people to start playing water polo as possible - it is such a great opportunity to advertise our fantastic sport on the world's greatest stage, and something I'm looking forward to greatly. I hope very much that the games can be used as a platform for our sport to grow, so that once again we can be one of the top countries in the world. 

I cannot speak highly enough of the support and encouragement given to me by Bolton School whilst studying there with regards to my sporting career. The school granted me leave of absences to compete in international competitions, and even re-arranged dates of important A-Level exams to allow me to play in the Commonwealth games of 2006. From a sporting point of view I was privileged to have great coaching whilst at school in the form of Simon Jones and Mike Yates. Their combined experience and knowledge of the sport from their own water polo careers benefitted me greatly as I progressed through school, and the advice they gave me was invaluable.  I can confidently say that without the support, advice and encouragement given to me by Bolton School whilst I was studying there, I would not be in the fortunate situation that I am in right now, and I will be forever grateful for this."

Bolton School is part of the Get Set network, which recognises the School's commitment to Olympic and Paralympic values.  Lord Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee, presented the School with a plaque and certificate when he visited earlier in the academic year with Sir Philip Craven, an Old Boy and President of the International Paralympic Committee.

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Daniel Sliwinski and Emma Saunders

Daniel Sliwinski and Emma Saunders with their 2010 Commonwealth Games medals

Daniel celebrates gold

Daniel celebrates gold at the British Gas Swimming Championships, which confirms his place in this summer's Olympics

Ed Scott, water polo goalkeeper

Ed Scott in international action