16 Millfield representatives prepare for Commonwealth Games action

Current and former members of the Somerset school will be involved in a variety of events at next month’s Commonwealth Games, including swimming, fencing, netball and triathlon

Sixteen representatives from a single Somerset school are set to take part when the Commonwealth Games get underway in Birmingham at the end of next month.

Six current Millfield School students and staff will be making the journey north, together with a further 10 Old Millfieldians. More names are expected to be added to the list in the coming weeks.

Upper sixth swimmers Evan Jones and Tamryn van Selm have been called up to compete for Team Scotland and Team England respectively, while year 11 student, Jade Phiri, will be representing Zambia in the pool.

Jenna Adamson, Millfield’s director of netball, has been called up as a coach for Team Wales.

The school’s director of swimming, Euan Dale, will bring his expertise to bear as a coach for Team England, alongside physical prep lead, Daniel Waddingham.

Swimming is the school’s strongest suit, with no fewer than seven former members of Millfield competing for their native countries in the pool.

Double Olympic champion, James Guy, will be joined by Brodie Williams and Cameron Kurle in the Swim England team, while Kieran Bird will swim for Wales.

Emma Harvey is set to represent Bermuda, Tatiana Tostevin will compete for Guernsey, and – 40 years after her father, Conrad Thorpe, swam for Kenya at the 1982 Commonwealth Games – Imara-Bella Thrope will also represent the African nation.

The other competing Old Millfieldians confirmed thus far are Jacob Mitchell and Hal Jones, who will both wield their fleurets for Team England in the fencing, while Niall Caley will fly the flag for the Isle of Man in the triathlon.

The 16 representatives named to date have already exceeded the 2018 figure, when 14 current and former school members took part in the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Millfield will be hoping that at least one of this year’s representatives will literally go one step further and make it to the top step of the medal rostrum, following five silvers and three bronzes last time out.

Picture caption: Among the current Millfield students and staff selected for the 2022 Commonwealth Games are, from left to right: Jenna Adamson, Euan Dale, Evan Jones, Jade Phiri, and Daniel Waddingham

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