More Sporting Success

Yarm School has had yet more national sporting success with Matthew Chapman and Tom Ward both flying high in hockey and swimming, respectively.

Sixteen-year old Matthew Chapman has been competing with the England Under 16 Hockey Team. During half-term he travelled to Lilleshall National Sports Centre to make his debut for the national team, on the right hand side of a defensive three.

The team won two, 3-2 victories, and Matthew is looking forward to his coming matches, including against Holland. In the meantime, he will be training with the Durham University Men’s First XI, who are currently competing in the National Hockey League.

Tom Ward, who is also 16, and a competitive swimmer, has qualified for, and will be swimming in the Edinburgh International Swim Meet. The meet is part of the world championship programme in 2019, and includes open and junior events.

This is the first time Tom has qualified for this event and he will be privileged to share the pool with Adam Peaty, Ross Murdoch, James Wilby, Hannah Miley, James Guy, Duncan Scott, amongst others.

During half term Tom also attended a 6-day course and achieved the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ).

On behalf of the school, I’d like to offer sincere congratulations to Tom and Matthew who are both amazing athletes. They are a credit to the school and to the North East. At Yarm School, we’re committed to sporting excellence and in supporting our students to achieve their very best both academically and in their extra-curricular activities.

David Dunn

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