A week of international call-ups for Whitgift sportsmen
The start of the Trinity Term has been very eventful for Whitgift sport, with news of multiple international representations across a variety of sports.
It was fantastic news for several Old Whitgiftians this week. Head coach, Warren Gatland, named his 31-man squad for the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, later this summer. Amongst those selected was Old Whitgiftian Elliot Daly, who had impressed during the recent 6 Nations success. He is the first Whitgiftian to be picked for the Lions since Basil Nicholson in 1938, and one of only a few sportsmen to have played both for and against the Lions.
Harry Williams has also been selected to represent his country. England skipper, Eddie Jones, made the announcement this week for the England tour to Argentina, in June. It will be Williams’ first cap. The Exeter Chiefs prop was part of the 2011 Daily Mail National Cup winning squad, alongside Daly and Marland Yarde.
The GB men’s hockey team announced their squad last weekend. Jonty Griffiths has been selected for the upcoming internationals later this month, his first cap as well.
Meanwhile, current pupils at the School have also received national call-ups. Upper Fifth Form pupil, Aristot Benz-Salomon, has been selected for the England U16 rugby squad, who are playing Wales next week. Upper Sixth Form student, Cameron Wilkins, has been selected for the England Sevens Academy training squad. During the end of term holidays, Upper Fifth Form rugby player Piers von Dadelszen played for the Canada U18s against Georgia and USA.
On the hockey front, while the U14, U16, and U18 squads are preparing for the outdoor national finals at Lee Valley next week, individual successes include Josh Gravestock, Matt Blood and Max Lowrey, who were part of the England U16 squad against Holland, last week.
The football season has been an exceptional busy one. The U11s are preparing for their third consecutive ISFA seven-a-side national final, on 10 May, at the National Football Centre, St. George's Park. The U13As are also gearing up for the national EFSA Playstation Open Schools’ Cup final, in Derby, on 17 May. The U12B team will also make the journey to Derby for their respective ESFA Playstation national final.
Upper Sixth Former and Crystal Palace FC Academy player, Emmanuel Okorougo, has been selected for the Canada U20s national team. The international tournament starts on 20 July, in Ivory Coast.
In Martial Arts, Whitgiftian twins Aran and Yuvan Suthakaran competed at the 9th WUKF European Karate Championship, which took place in Romania during the holidays. Aran won a silver medal in kata and both won bronze in team kata.
Finally, congratulations go to Lower Fifth Former, Kishen Patel, who has been invited to attend the Swim England Water Polo National Academy camp, in May. The camp is part of the new England Water Polo Player Pathway programme. Selection was made from seven different UK Regions, who trialled at England Water Polo’s Inter-Regional Assessment Competition, which took place in February.
Whitgift extends its congratulations and wishes each Whitgiftian, old and current, all the best for the upcoming high profile events.