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HEAD ON… Power of sport

September 26th, 2017

Sport has a special power to bring people together, and sport, too, plays a significant part in the lives of pupils, former pupils and members of staff at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools.

I am tremendously proud that we were chosen as a hosting point on the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Many of our past pupils have competed at Olympic and Commonwealth level in a variety of sports such as cycling, fencing, rowing, swimming and equestrian.

And the Queen’s Baton Relay was a fantastic opportunity for us to put Monmouth firmly on the sporting map and inspire the next generation of stars ahead of the next Commonwealth Games.

Second Master Simon Dorman worked very hard to organise the hugely successful day in Monmouth and we had a great turnout of pupils from all the primary schools in the town.

First to take the baton was former pupil Lewis Oliva, who is a member of the British cycling squad. Lewis, who is currently studying medicine at university, has competed at the last two Commonwealth Games in Delhi and Glasgow and is firmly on track to represent Wales at next year’s showpiece.

Our five GB rowers, Welsh Under 18s netball and European Canicross champions, and our Welsh trampoline stars all received the baton during the sporting celebration.

We certainly have a rich pedigree of sporting achievement at Monmouth with staff who nurture the talents of our aspiring sportsmen and women.

We have produced many Welsh international rugby union players, including Eddie Butler and teenage prodigy Keith Jarrett and, more recently, Hallam Amos.

The school has always recognised the importance of sport and continues to make a significant contribution in delivering sporting excellence across the generations.

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