07 September 2022

Summer of sport

All of our summer sporting highlights!

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Oliver Brooke, Tom Hobbs and Kanishq Hari have qualified for the Combined Events National Athletics Finals in Bedford on 17/18 September representing Kent, with a chance to be awarded an England vest.

Oliver Brooke also represented Kent at the English Schools’ Athletics finals in the 400m (heat time 50.8s finishing sixth) and 4 x 100m (heat time 43.69s). Georgia Baker represented Kent at the English Schools’ in the Heptathlon and Tom Hobbs represented Kent at the inter counties final.

Harriet Medlen has had a successful summer athletics wise. She made the final of the English Schools’ 200m a year young, and recently came fourth a year young in the South of UK finals. The few girls above her are now competing internationally in what is an incredibly strong age group. She’s also made her debut in the National League this season.

Anne-Sophie Bremens won bronze in the 300m and gold in the 4x300m relay at the School Games National Finals held at Loughborough University.


Ruben Tandy and Ryan Friis went on a climbing trip to Fontainebleau in France. They were amazing, both managing to climb multiple 7a, 7a+ and 7b climbs, which are very high level routes. To put into context, grade 8 is the highest level you can climb.

Thanks to James Tate who took a group of Lower School climbers to White Spider climbing wall for a fantastic experience.


Ruby Marriage got her first ever century for Kent U13 at the first match of a festival in Malvern. 105 not out in a T20 v Suffolk.

Ben Dawkins also got 118 for Tunbridge Wells 1st XI in the Kent Premier League today. This is a fantastic achievement at just 15 years old! He also got 186 for an Invicta side at a county festival.


Arthur Goodwin and Trystan Foley represented the U14 Prep school Pumas Development side while Ffion (U12) and Bethan (U14) Thomas represented the A side at the Gothia Cup. Rafferty Van der Spuy (U14), Dibbe (U12) and Sierk Eerdmans and Kanishq Hari (U15) also represented the Prep School sides.


Sanjana Sharma won an international tournament based in Kenya. She won in her age group as well as the older age group. This competition was also a qualifying round for the Rome Classic World Champions and the Big 5 South Africa Open, which Sanjana has qualified for as it will put her higher in the Junior World Scoreboard.


A number of our students represented Tonbridge Performance Centre at the England Hockey challenge cup. This is the stage that might determine an England trial. Congratulations to:

  • Ines Gascoyne-Day
  • Carlotta Kern
  • Moritz Hippe
  • Willian Galloni
  • Ruby Balcombe
  • Annabel Cheveley
  • Annabel Porter

Congratulations also to Celia Foster, Imogen Smith and Charlotte Bloodworth who won the Y1 hockey tournament while representing HC Knole Park

Thanks to Cath Nicholson, Charlotte Smith and Alannah Hill for taking the hockey players to South Africa for an action-packed trip which included fixtures, cultural visits to Table Mountain and Robben Island, a game reserve and they also got tickets to the South Africa and Wales rugby match. This was a brilliant experience and one that will prepare the players for the season ahead as well memories that will last a lifetime.


Congratulations to Chloe Chong, who has had a summer full of wonderful experiences including driving an F4 car. As a result of a tough week at the FIA’s initial training camp at Circuit Paul Ricard, Chloe has been selected by the FIA’s jury as one of the four finalists to compete at the Ferrari Driver Academy’s Scouting Camp in Maranello in November. If successful in this next stage, Chloe could potentially be offered a place at the most prestigious motorsports academy.


Lara Bailey finished seventh place representing the South East in the British Eventing youth championships

Congratulations to Anastasiya Sakovych who did so well at the Dressage Nationals at the end of term that she was selected to represent Ukraine in the European Championships – an outstanding achievement. Anastasiya gained a high enough score to achieve the Ukrainian title of Master of Sport (an accolade for those performing in their sport at elite level).


A number of our sailors attending the RS Feva world championships in Weymouth over the summer. Rosie Heydorn and Allegra Fleming came 23rd in the silver fleet, while Kazamir Burt and Sam Ide finished second in the Bronze fleet.


Congratulations to Eva Okaro, Izzy Okaro, Demi Alli and Maddie Evans who competed at the British Championships, swimming for Sevenoaks Swim Club. All four made the finals and Eva came home with three golds, one silver and one bronze while Izzy won gold in the relay. Well done also to Chengze Duan who was a reserve. Lara Turan who has joined this September also won a gold in the relay in Izzy and Eva’s team.

At the English Nationals’ competition:

Maddie Evans: 50 back, 4th; 100 back, 5th (PB); 100 free, 12th Demi Alli: 50 fly, 15th Chengze Duan: 100 fly, 10th

Congratulations to Peony Lee, who competed in the Hong Kong Open Swimming Championships. She was lucky enough to be teamed up with Siobhan Haughey, a silver medalist at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, and won a bronze in 4×100 freestyle relay.

Congratulations to Izzy Okaro who has been selected in the Swim England National Development pathway.

Congratulations to Maddie Evans and Eva Okaro who have been selected for the Swim England National County Team Championships to swim for Kent in Sheffield during October.


Congratulations to Tommy Cuomo who is currently in Oslo for a Tennis Europe tournament. Against the odds, Tommy and his partner won their semi-final and narrowly lost the final to an older pair.

Old Sennockians

Hanro Rossouw (2012) was awarded a sports scholarship at Sevenoaks. He is currently playing for the England touch rugby team this year, and they won the European Championships during the summer.

Tash Farrant has had a tough time of it with a back injury but in her spare time, she appeared on the BBC coverage of the England v India match at the commonwealth games in Birmingham.


Andy Bishop recently completed a gruelling Ironman event in Switzerland. Consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, he completed it in 13 hrs and 13 minutes. He also raised money for the Wooden Spoon Charity.

James Woodroofe walked the South Downs way (101 miles) in 52 hours walking during the day and night. He was one of only two who manged to walk the whole way. Georgia Comerford walked half of the distance, despite recovering from an ACL tear and preparing for her the new season at Harlequins. They raised money for the Heads Up charity.

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