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 Formula 3 for Cutter
Warwick’s 1st XV returned to Twickenham to defend their National title and returned home with the sweetest kind of victory! A triumphant win over QEGS Wakefield, the team who beat them at U15s in 2015.
Warwick School’s history in this National Schools Cup competition is hugely impressive, having
made eight appearances at the Twickenham Finals and securing the national title on five occasions. Since 2013 Warwick School has
had one or both teams at the finals every year, except one, and secured four national titles. This is not to mention the countless semi-finals that both the U15 and U18 teams have played in.
Tom Pierce, Director of Rugby at Warwick said, “Congratulations
to every single person involved in this huge success, including the ‘blue and white’ supporters, whose presence at Twickenham is always made known!”
Giggleswick School, Yorkshire, rising motorsport star Sasakorn ‘Cutter’ Chaimongkol is already turning heads as he prepares to contest the British Formula 3 series this season.
Cutter, 18, who is in the upper
sixth, recently took part in a gale force rain-lashed two-day test
drive at Anglesey in Wales in front of Hillspeed Racing team owner, Richard Ollerenshaw, who was full of praise for the young Thai.
Richard said: “It was an extraordinary performance, truly remarkable. He was last in our car
at Snetterton in October 2016.
He impressed us then but his performance this time demonstrated a maturity and calculated approach which has allowed him to take this 240bhp, physically demanding race car and return times within a second of what we would expect in warm summer weather.”
Cutter, from Bangkok, who came to Formula 3 via a background in karting and Formula 4, drove the Cosworth powered Tatuus as preparation for the forthcoming British F3 series.
A pupil at Giggleswick School since 2012, Cutter will take part in 24 races over eight events in the British F3 championships. The first meeting was at Oulton Park over the Easter weekend, where Cutter is aiming for pole position. Over the series he will drive at Grand Prix tracks including Silverstone and Spa Francorchamps as well as famous circuits such as Brands Hatch and Donington Park.
The school has supported Cutter’s driving ambitions over the years. Headmaster Mark Turnbull: “We are sure that Cutter has a bright future in motorsport and we look forward to following his progress with pride.”
Crowned national champions – again!
  Swimmers head for Commonwealth Games
Shropshire swimmers are set to head to the other side of the world aiming to continue their winning streak.
Two athletes from Ellesmere College, Freya Anderson and Cassie Wild, have qualified for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Australia this month (April).
It comes hot on the heels
of success at various junior competitions including European and World Championships, both in the pool and open water.
Having won more junior international medals than any other program in Great Britain in recent years, Ellesmere Titans are now starting to make an impact on the senior international stage.
The team, coached by former world and European medallist Alan Bircher, was set up in 2008 as a collaboration between the college and parents of some of
the best young swimmers in the North West and West Midlands.
The Titans programme, led by Alan, aims to identify and develop the best aquatic athletes in Britain, acting as a talent hotspot and identifying individuals with the potential to achieve Olympic podium success.
They have access to a wide range of facilities including the college’s own 25m pool, split level gym, weights room, underwater and above surface video analysis and presentation rooms.
Ellesmere College deputy head Vicky Pritt Roberts said: “We pride ourselves on valuing the individual, which is something lots of schools claim. But to really demonstrate that, you need to be willing to adapt and be flexible to enable the individual to pursue their goals and have a good education.
Helping athletes achieve both is an example of our mission and practice. Our swimmers have the most advanced training methods, video analysis, sports science, goal setting and lifestyle management
available to them on a daily
basis. The Titans and college aim is to give the swimmers every possibility to achieve at the highest level both in the pool and in their academic studies.”
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