Plymouth’€™s golden summer

Plymouth College athletes had a phenomenal couple of months with eight medals won from 12 representations across five international events

In senior events, Charlotte Atkinson (Isle of Man), Geoff Butler (Cayman Islands) and Jamila Lunkuse (Uganda) swam in the Commonwealth Games. Victoria Vincent, who at age 13 was England’s youngest competitor, dived her way to the final of the 10m platform. Nine former pupils also competed, with Tom Daley (England) winning gold and silver in the 10m individual and synchro diving, Ben Proud (England) winning golds in the 50m freestyle and the 50m butterfly and bronze in the 100m freestyle relay, and Calum Jarvis (Wales) taking a bronze medal in 200m freestyle.

At the European Swimming Championships in Berlin, Olympic and World Champion Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania) flew in from competing in China to take the 50m breaststroke title. Shauna Lee (Great Britain) and Eva Gliozeryte (Lithuania) also competed. Former pupils Ben Proud and Tom Daley flew the flag for Great Britain with Ben claiming gold and bronze medals in the 100m medley relay and 50m butterfly respectively and Tom securing silver in the 10m diving.

Just before her European campaign, Ruta Meilutyte said farewell to junior competitions with two gold medals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke in the Youth Olympics in China. Charlotte Atkinson won a silver medal for Great Britain in the 100m medley relay while Tia Simms Lymn fenced her way to a top ten finish for Jamaica. Former pupil, Marina Carrier, competed for Australia in the Modern Pentathlon.

Two other international youth competitions saw Oliver Smart win team gold and individual silver in the Youth D European Biathle Championships, and Myles Pillage take individual and team bronze medals in the Youth B European Pentathlon Championships.

“What an incredible summer for our sporting community,” said Plymouth College Headmaster, Dr Simon Wormleighton. “I am extremely proud of the achievements of our current pupils – some of whom have stepped into the international arena for the first time and others who have already reached the podiums. It is also very rewarding to see so many of our former pupils competing at the top and winning medals.”

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