National Sports Stars Celebrate GCSEs

Rower Izzy Hopes to Emulate Olympic Medallist

National rowing champ Isabelle Richards – Izzy – (pictured above left) has achieved nine A* and two A grades in her GCSEs aswell as winning Gold at this year’s National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships. Izzy from Thatcham in Berkshire studies at Queen Anne’s, Caversham, which is the same school that Rio Olympic silver medallist and fellow rower Olivia Carnegie-Brown went to. She hopes to emulate her idol’s success.

Izzy has also been awarded a Distinction in her Grade 8 Oboe examination and will study Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Maths at A Level.

Double Celebration for England Hockey Player

It was also a double celebration for England Hockey player Niamh Elston. The Derby High School student achieved top GCSE grades as well as representing her country this summer.
Niamh, 16, achieved five A* and four As and has been selected to play for the England Hockey Junior squad for the first time at a tournament in Belgium.

She said: “Representing my country was an amazing experience. At the start of the match it just felt a bit surreal.”

Champion Swimmer Annabel Thanks Teachers

Meanwhile champion swimmer Annabel Guye-Johnson is celebrating 5A*s, 5As and 1B in her GCSEs. Annabel, who attends Kent College, Pembury, competed at the British Swimming Championships Rio Olympic Trials this summer. She is quadruple junior and senior Kent Champion in the 50, 100 & 200 metres breast stroke and 200 IM and has broken and holds many Kent records.

She said: “I am delighted with my results. Thank you so much to all my teachers – Kent College has supported me in and out of the classroom over the past few years. If I have had to miss a lesson, due to swimming competitions, the teachers always made sure that when I returned I was fully up to speed with what I had missed. I am really looking forward to the next two years and focusing on subjects that I love.”

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