Last week, the Word Rackets Champion, Old Cheltonian Jamie Stout (1997-2002, H), visited College with Mike Henman (the older brother of Tim Henman) to coach our male and female rackets players. Jamie successfully retained his Singles Championship last week and how now been World Champion for 10 years!
Jamie Stout with College's Rackets Professional, Mr Mark Briers
Also, Cheltenham College girls travelled to Malvern College last weekend to make up half the pairs at the British Women’s Rackets Doubles Championships. The standard of rackets on display was fantastic and was well supported by a packed gallery. World Champion, Lea Van Der Zwalmen, who gave a master class to College pupils last year, was in attendance as was Chey West, who was Lea’s doubles partner two seasons ago when they won the British doubles crown together.
Fionnuala Dowling-Membrado, who was partnered with Chey, rackets captain Rose Jones and India Deakin, along with Martha Elliot and Georgie Baillie-Hamilton were knocked out on the day but all participated in the Plate tournament. It was Fionnuala and Chey who secured the plate in a tense final against Martha and Georgie, winning 2-1. Congratulations!