County call-ups for talented youngsters … the Oympics effect?


A Stafford school chalked up an outstanding year in which more than 40 students earned county and regional call-ups across nine sports, with several gaining national caps.

Stafford Grammar School cricketers Billy Thorley, Alex Beaman, Chris Becker, Sally Tyler and Anna Hadley all turned out for Staffordshire, while Thorley also pulled on an under-18 England football shirt for the for the Independent Schools’ FA (ISFA) team. Beaman and Josh Williams represented the ISFA under-15 and under-13 squads respectively.

Meanwhile the under-16 Independent Schools’ Association (ISA) Midlands football squad called on Henry Smith, Paul Manzie, Joe Chambers, Sam Hartshorne, Alex Urwin, Matt Thomas, George Billington and Sam Tomlinson.
Emma Hamplett represented England and earned the UK under-17 top javelin slot, while also bagging a regional hockey place. Also claiming hockey honours were Emily Colquhoun, Megan Pugh, Harriet Rhodes, Alex Hammond, Katie and Rebecca Deakin, Megan McCandless, Tori Hamplett and Rebecca Edgington, who also competed in the county darts set-up. more follows . . .

SGS athletes excelled on the track and field and among those gaining Staffs or ISA regional representation were Tom Bailey, Ellis Farnworth, Kristian Allen, Ben Pert, Beaman, Tori Hamplett, James Taylor, Megan Cogan and Katie Deakin, with Eleanor Proud also reaching the English Schools’ athletics finals. Cogan and Deakin featured in ISA cross country teams alongside Helen Staite, Morris Belcher and Sarah Lovewell.

Joining rugby development squads were Taylor, Becker and Alex Smith, while Jasmine Luo gained golf representative honours and Claudia Ballinger competed in regional gymnastics events.

Netballers Katie and Rebecca Deakin, Lucy Chambers, Elizabeth Chinn and Emelia Harrison were selected for Staffs and lining-up for the ISA Midlands swimming squad were Ben Colclough, Oliver Moreton, Ryan Hopper, Oliver Cox, Katie Deakin, Eliza Grace and McCandless.

Finally, Max Darlington competed for the J12 England Canoeing side and Will Davis represented the England under-17 cricket squad, Derbyshire Youth Academy and Derbyshire CCC senior seconds.