Monday, 21 June 2021

I was bloody-minded about success, says ex-Olympian

FORMER Olympic skier Graham Bell was the guest speaker at the prize-giving ceremony at Shiplake College, attended by almost 2,000 people.

He shared anecdotes from his career which included competing at five Olympics.

He spoke about the determination, resilience and sheer bloody-mindedness required to succeed and advised the pupils to adopt a similar attitude to their exploits. Bell, who lives in Henley and is now a television presenter, presented awards to the highest achieving pupils in year groups 7 to 10 and then in each subject at GCSE and sixth-form level.

Max Hearnden received the Edinburgh Prize for the non-school prefect who has contributed most to the life of the college. Chris Baker won the Matthew Bevin Cup for the most industrious year 11 pupil and Harry Vardigans claimed the Caston Prize for the pupil who has shown notable determination and tenacity during their time at the college.

The headmaster’s prizes went to Sophie Arnold, Dom Rice and Jamie Westbrook. Tom Arnold accepted the head of college’s award. His successor as head of college is Yeem Chanthanawan.

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