Wednesday, 17 August 2022

College's all-star sports dinner to send students on tours

College's all-star sports dinner to send students on tours

TWO Olympic champions and two rugby stars were the guest speakers at Shiplake College’s sports tour fund-raising dinner.

Rower Alex Gregory and hockey player Crista Cullen, who both won gold at the Rio Olympics last summer, were both interviewed by James Burridge, a former pupil of the college. Former New Zealand number eight Zinzan Brooke and former England fly-half Andy Goode were also interviewed.

Old Viking and antiques expert Jonty Hearnden hosted an auction and live music was provided by another former pupil, The Voice contestant Jamie Bruce and his band. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception followed by a three-course dinner.

The event raised more than £8,400, which will help pay for pupils to go on sports tours.

Headteacher Gregg Davies, a former international rugby referee, said: “The dinner was a resounding success and I’m very grateful to all who attended and helped to make it such a fantastic evening.

“We were fortunate to be joined by stars of the sporting world, each with fascinating and compelling stories. Each was an absolute credit to their sport.”

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