Sports round up

OMs have continued to conquer sporting activities this year by achieving medals, beating records and raising money in the process. 

Some particularly notable achievements include the following: 

Charlotte Longden’s (NC 2016-21) triumph in Bobsleigh: 

Representing Great Britain in the 2020 Youth Winter Olympics, Charlotte’s mission is to compete in the Olympic Winter Games in 2026 and ultimately be on the 2030 winners podium in the 2030 Olympic Winter Games. Not only is Charlotte competing at international level but studying Economics and Geography at the University of Leeds whilst doing so. To improve her driving skills, which can’t be fully achieved on UK dry Bobsleigh facilities, Charlotte travels to Europe and further afield to train and compete. 

Graham Bagnall’s (C2 1960-64) rowing victory: 

Graham took part in the Henley Masters Regatta on 8th July 2023. Crews of up to 85 years of age come from around the UK and the rest of the world to compete in the Regatta which takes place a week after Henley Royal Regatta. Graham is at the aft end of the boat as stroke, who sets the rate of strokes per minute plus rhythm, and his crew won in the final of the Quadruple Sculls of the 75-80yrs old division. 

William Wells (C2 1984-89) representing Great Britain at Padel: 

William had the honour of being selected for and representing Great Britain at Padel. Victory over Ireland in Dublin helped secure one of the qualification slots for the Seniors Padel World Championships in Las Vegas last year. More recently, he has played at the FIP Senior European Championship in Alicante, Spain where Team GB came a creditable 9th out of 16 countries. Will runs a business building and operating padel clubs. For anyone with an interest in Padel or setting up an OM Padel team email will.wells@padel-xtra.com  

 OM takeover in the Great Britain Rifle Team: 

Charles Brooks (PR 1969-74) has been appointed as the Captain of the Great Britain Veterans Rifle Team and his Vice Captain is David Richards (B3 1972-76). They will be competing in the World Championships in Bloemfontein, South Africa in March next year. 

David’s brother, Bill (C1 1977-79), continues the success in the main GB Rifle Team, competing in the World Long Range Championships that take place on the same range a few days after the Veterans World Championships. He is the ‘Main Coach’, which means that he is effectively controlling the whole team during the match (which lasts 2 days and is shot at 700m, 800m and 900m) and has overall responsibility for deciding how much each of the shooters allows for wind displacement of the shots that they fire. 

 David was also the Captain of Great Britain in last year’s Kolapore Match, which is the premier international match shot annually at Bisley. Bill was his Main Coach for the match, which they won.  

OMSA Arrow Event: 

The OM Sailing Association had a glorious weekend for sailing in warm October temperatures. They retained their place in the main event and avoided relegation. Sadly, there was insufficient wind for racing on the Sunday, so the team sailed to Osbourne for a picnic and swim. 

Fundraising challenges: 

Completing epic fundraising challenges are what OMs do best. Some of the key recent challenges  include Patrick McClintock’s (SU 2019-21) Triple Iron Man Triathlon, Matthew Ponsonby’s (PR 1978-83) North Atlantic Row and Will Ackerley’s (TU 2015-20) Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. As well as battling mental and physical obstacles, they have also raised awareness and money for charities close to them.