Oscar's Summer Of Sport Rounded-off Representing England

Congratulations go to Princethorpe Sixth Former Oscar Kay who represented England at the 2017 School Games a few weeks ago!

It has been a busy summer for 17-year-old Oscar. A few days after the end of the Trinity term, Oscar, alongside over 80 fellow Princethorpe pupils, headed to South Africa for the College's biennial sports tour.

If that wasn't enough, on his return in August, he was straight back into training at the England U17 Hockey Camp held at Bisham Abbey. Put through his paces with rigorous training and drills by three players from the GB Men’s Hockey team, Oscar landed himself a place on the England U17 squad who faced the GB Women’s team in a competitive training game. Pitted against several Olympic gold medallists, Oscar and his fellow U17 squad members were up against stiff opposition yet came out triumphant with a 2-1 win over the GB Women’s team.

Oscar’s performance at the England U17 training camp secured him a spot in one of the England Hockey squads competing at this year’s School Games, which were held at Loughborough University over four days from 31 August – 3 September.

The School Games sees each of the home nations come face-to-face across twelve team and individual sports ranging from Athletics to Hockey and Swimming to Wheelchair Basketball. There was some great talent on display and although his squad didn’t win, Oscar still had a fantastic time.

He comments, “School Games organised the event so we could experience what competing at Olympic level would be like. It was so realistic and the atmosphere was amazing.”

When asked for a top tip for anyone else who might like to follow in his footsteps, he added, “Stick to your sport. Make it your goal, focus on it and you’ll get there!”

What a summer of sport – congratulations Oscar!

If you’d like to know more about the 2017 School Games, please visit: http://schoolgamesfinals.org/