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Prep Lockdown Sport Chats

Their love of sport began at the Prep.
29 Mar 2021
Written by Carrie Baker
Alumni News

During the latest lockdown, the Prep Sports Department has been working incredibly hard to keep our pupils and staff both physically and mentally active. 

One of the highlights was our virtual Q & A chats with Hannah Martin, George Pinner, and Simon Uzokwe. Simon is a professional rugby player, whilst Hannah and George both play hockey for England and Great Britain. They all attended Ipswich School and were introduced to Rugby and Hockey (and lots more sports!) whilst at the Prep. 

It was a fabulous opportunity for our current Year 3 -6 pupils to ask questions about their experiences at Ipswich School and their sporting achievements.

The common theme in all three chats was the emphasis on having fun, to play with a smile on your face, and to try as many different sports whilst at school.

George Pinner said, “It was great to see so many interested and engaged kids. If there is anything else I can ever do in the future to help please don’t be afraid to ask”.

Simon, Hannah, and George joined the online chats, despite being incredibly busy with their training programmes. They spoke passionately and honestly about their journeys through Ipswich School and how they became successful in their chosen sports.

Bill Williams, Director of Sport at the Prep School said “This was a fabulous opportunity for our pupils to chat with Old Ipswichians Hannah, Simon and George. What fantastic role models they are and I know our pupils benefited enormously from listening to them speak”.

Emma Swallow, Head of Girls Games at the Prep School commented "It was great for the pupils to see the level of success Hannah, George and Simon have reached in their professional sporting careers but also their emphasis on enjoying their sport and continuing their academic studies at university.”

We wish Hannah and George great success in their training for the Tokyo Olympics and Simon and his team a successful season and promotion from the Championship into the Premiership for next season.

Bill Williams, Director of Sport at the Prep School

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