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 International trio
 A trio of Kelvinside Academy S6 pupils have been called-up to the Great Britain U18 training squad ahead of this summer’s European Handball Federation Championships.
Euan Brady, Hamish Bottomley and Zander Geddes will join other U18 hopefuls for intense training camps ahead of the final selection in July.
The three boys, who also play in the school’s first XV rugby team, formed part of the trailblazing year group to play handball at Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow,
just five years ago. All three have since represented Scotland at U15, U16 and U17 level.
In the short time since the sport was introduced at Kelvinside Academy, the school has won 16 national titles, the most recent of which was the U17 schools championship which took place
last Friday, and 13 pupils have been capped for Scotland at age grade.
Teacher Fiona Kennedy, who continues to lead the programme which has seen the school become a centre of handball excellence
in Scotland, said: “The pupils caught the bug watching a game at London 2012, and they haven’t looked back since. It’s been infectious, everyone wants to have a go. It’s amazing how quickly so many of our pupils have taken to the sport.
“With more than 100 of our pupils playing handball every week, the School now employs handball coach, Sarah Carrick, herself a senior GB player. News of these GB call ups should encourage even more people to take part. The boys have really shown both natural talent and immense dedication to reach this level.”
Lancashire cricketers inspire U15s
 Bolton School’s U15s’ cricket team was given a fillip when former Lancashire and England cricketer Warren Hegg dropped into their indoor nets session to offer them words of inspiration.
A former wicketkeeper, Warren offered a masterclass in this discipline before offering
practical tips and general words of cricketing wisdom to the boys along with two other former Lancashire players John Abrahams and Sajid Mahmood, who also helped out with the coaching session.
Last season, the Bolton boys were the ESCA U14s’ Lancashire champions and they now go on to represent the county in the Northern competition in a tie
at Brooklands Cricket Club this month (April). If they were to overcome Sale Grammar, who will be representing Cheshire, then they would progress to the Northern Semi-Final where they would meet, in an away fixture, either Newcastle School for Boys (representing Northumberland) or Hetton School (representing Durham).
Swimming masterclass
 Pictured: Warren Hegg with co-managers Mr Nigel Partington & Mr Justin Moore. Nigel is part of the school’s Estates team and Justin a History teacher in the Boys’ Division of Bolton School.
36 Sport
A group of Royal Hospital School, Suffolk, pupils were treated to a swimming masterclass with Double Word Champion and Olympic Silver medallist Keri-anne Payne.
Keri-anne is a South African-born British swimmer, specialising in marathon open water swimming, and long-distance freestyle swimming in the pool. She is a two-time 10-kilometre open water world champion, and an Olympic silver medallist in Beijing in 2008. She narrowly missed a medal
in the 2012 London Summer Olympics with a 4th place and went on to win the LEN European Open Water Swimming Cup Super-
Final in Castellabate, Italy in 2014.
The GB swimmer visited to launch the 2018 Great East Swim which will take place at Alton Water Reservoir on Saturday 23 June. She was one of the Great East Swims debutants in 2009 and, although retired from competitive open- water swimming, will enter again this summer in the Great East Swim’s 10th anniversary. Each year, the Royal Hospital School enters
a team of between 35 and 50 swimmers in a range of distances and, of those training for this year’s challenge, two swimmers are entering the 10km distance.

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