Bolton School pupil stars at international water polo tournament

Harriet Dickens captained England and finished top scorer at the EU Nations’ Junior Women Water Polo Tournament in the Czech Republic

A pupil from a Lancashire independent school has finished top scorer and rated the most valuable player at an international water polo tournament.

Harriet Dickens, captain of both the England and Bolton School Girls’ Division teams, netted 31 times at the EU Nations’ Junior Women Water Polo Tournament in Brno, Czech Republic.

The year 11 student’s goals helped England to finish third in the six-team round-robin event, behind South Africa and the host nation.

Year nine pupil, Lucy Blenkinship, was also a member of the England team.

“Harriet was consistent in all matches, and I was really proud to see her flexibility, strength and fitness throughout the competition,” said her mother, Victoria.

“She played a number of different positions and was a great captain for the England team. Her training at school and club level has definitely helped her develop these attributes.

“It’s great to see Harriet enjoying representing her country. Harriet was introduced to water polo as a pupil at Bolton School and the support from school has been instrumental in her development and success to date.”

When not competing herself, Harriet can regularly be found helping younger pupils develop in the sport.

“A huge thank you to Harriet and [her twin brother] Josh Dickens who coached their final year eight girls session this morning,” said her coaches recently, as she headed off for study leave.

“Fantastic commitment to be on poolside every Friday morning at 07:30; their expert assistance really improved the quality of the sessions.”

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