Thirteen members of the Norwich School community have been selected to represent Great Britain in their respective sports. The pupils and staff compete in a range of disciplines from skiing to veterans touch rugby.
Pupil Alex Ogden, will be competing for the England Alpine Ski Squad this season; horse-riding sisters Atiya and India Bussey were selected for the Nations Cup Junior and Young Rider Show in Austria; Luke Shaw qualified for the European Junior Sprint championships in his kayak in both K2 & K4 categories; William Pank will represent Great Britain at the 2018 sailing Optimist World Championship; Charlie O'Shea competed at the Junior Freeride World Touron on his snowboard; Katie Cox has been chosen to play on the England Rounders team and Laura-Rose Cooke competed at the Senior Women’s English Gymnastics Championships and British Championship earlier this year. Last week, Norwich School rowers Duncan Steel, John Elliott, Mattie Tremelling and Huck Hempsall represented Great Britain in an 8+ (with St Paul’s School), in a race against the French national team. Teacher Iain Grisewood, who coaches the 1st XV rugby team at the school, has also been reselected to represent England at veterans touch rugby.
Joe Cowan, director of sport at the school is delighted with their success. “We are very proud of the pupils who have achieved international recognition recently and it is exciting to see them excel in sports that are not core sports within the school. We have thoroughly enjoyed supporting these athletes with a range of sports science initiatives including sports psychology and nutrition workshops and weekly athletic development sessions, delivered by our full time head of athletic development.”
Four of the pupils, Will Pank, India Bussey, Luke Shaw and Laura-Rose Cooke, are members of the Young Norfolk Sport Academy (YNSA), which seeks to provide expert support and education for the county’s most promising athletes. India cites the academy, which was set up by the school, as one of the enabling factors for her success: “The Academy has been a huge help enabling me to talk to other athletes facing similar challenges which has helped me grow and develop as an competitor” she said.
Head of YNSA and Norwich School sports coach, Richard Simms said: “We are really pleased that so many of the YNSA members are competing at the top level. As well as access to unique workshops, our athletes have the opportunity to be mentored by an independent person which is helpful as they can speak to someone that they don’t have an emotional connection with,” he explained.
Alongside pupil representation, teacher Iain Grisewood, who coaches the 1st XV rugby team at the school, has been selected for the England over 45 men's touch team for third consecutive year, retaining the captaincy for the European championships to take place in Nottingham next month. “The school has been of great support by allowing me to play games and train when needed. The ultimate goal is to play in next year's World Cup in Kuala Lumpur,” said Iain.
Norwich School aspires to be a leading light in school and youth sport development and achievement in the East of England and beyond and it appears that they are achieving just that.