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Sporting Greats


Throughout its history, Hatfield College has been acknowledged as a centre of excellence in sport.

Among the many who have taken part in such activities, the College can claim not only to have fostered many sportsmen and women who have represented their country at international level but also to have nurtured some of England's all-time sporting greats.

Below are examples of outstanding international success in a variety of sports.


Rugby

With so much rugby talent passing through College, it is difficult to know where to start. Perhaps, though, one of the most outstanding players of his, or any other, generation is 1988 graduate Will Carling.

Will was still at the University when he won his first England cap against France in 1988. After only a few caps, he was controversially handed the captaincy at the age of 22. His first game in charge was against Australia at Twickenham in 1988, an unexpected England win! Under his captaincy, England won grand slams in 1991 and 1992. In between these successes, England reached the World Cup final at Twickenham in 1991, but lost to Australia. There was another grand slam in 1995. Will Carling was an inspirational leader who helped make England one of the best teams in the world. He was the world's most successful rugby captain ever. Of his 72 caps -an incredible 59 as captain - 44 were victories. Will was appointed an honorary fellow of Hatfield College in 2010.

Another great international star is 1994 graduate Will Greenwood (pictured right). Will won 55 England caps from 1997 to 2004, scoring 31 tries. He also won three caps with the British Lions. The highlight of Will's career was undoubtedly the 2003 season dominated by the Rugby World Cup in Australia. He was involved in all but one of England's games, scoring England's only try against South Africa. His try against Wales in the quarter-final in Brisbane turned the match for England in a tight game. He finished the tournament as joint top try scorer with five. Will rushed back to London after the Wales game because his wife was ill, but all was well and he returned to help England win the World Cup by 20-17 against Australia on that unforgettable November day in Sydney. In 2010, Will became an honorary fellow of Hatfield College.

Other illustrious Hatfielders that have played for their country include: Toby Allchurch, Richard Breakey, Jeremy Campbell-Lamerton, Tim Cowell, Mark Griffin, Charlie Hannaford, Jon Ions, Chris Kelly, Simon Knowles, Peter Lillington, Andy Mullins, Richard Oliphant, Marcus Rose, Dave Walder, Peter Warfield, Gordon Wood & Ben Woods.


Cricket

In cricket, the College can claim to have nurtured an enduring legend, the current England captain and two exceptional county cricketers.

The legend is, of course, Frank 'Typhoon' Tyson, the fastest bowler of his generation. He first played for England in 1954 whilst still at Durham. In an era when far fewer test matches were played, he gained 17 caps, taking 76 wickets at an outstanding average of 18.56. He was Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1955, in recognition of his contribution to England retaining the Ashes in Australia in 1954-55. He was, with Jonathan Edwards, the first Durham graduate to receive an Honorary Palatinate in 1999. EW Swanton claimed he was the fastest bowler in the history of cricket. Frank said he bowled fastest for the University XI that won the UAU Championship in 1953! Frank was appointed an honorary fellow of Hatfield College in 2010.

Andrew Strauss (pictured left), graduated in 1998 and received a full Palatinate for his contribution to University cricket the same year. He quickly rose to fame on his Test match debut replacing the injured Michael Vaughan at Lords against New Zealand in 2004. With scores of 112 and 83 in an England victory, and the man of the match award, he became only the fourth batsman to score a century at Lord's on his debut. He captained the England team to a 2-1 victory in the 2009 Ashes, topping the averages with a total of 474 runs. This included 161 in England's first victory in an Ashes Test at Lord's in 75 years. He was named man of the series. He has now played 77 test matches and 113 ODIs. In 2010, Andrew became an honorary fellow of Hatfield College.

Tim Curtis also played for England but is best remembered as a stalwart of a highly successful Worcestershire county side. In earlier times, Bob Bousfield played for the Durham county team for many years, often in the role as team captain.


Athletics

Already a star mechanical engineer, 2009 graduate Felicity Milton (pictured right) has also proved to have outstanding sporting talent. Originally a hockey enthusiast, she took up running simply as part of her training. Soon, though, running became Felicity's main sporting activity. She was a member of the successful British senior women's team in the European Cross Country Championships in 2006 and also ran for her country in the World Cross Country Championships in 2007.

Other notable Hatfield athletes who have performed at international level include: Mark Hudspith (Running), Roger Impett (Running), Roger Korsah (High Jump & Pole Vault), Richard Reed (Running), Jonathan Solly (Running) & James Stephenson (Triathlon).

As with rugby, so with rowing - Hatfield has helped nurture an abundance of talent. One College member who has had an outstanding record of achievement in women's rowing is is 2006 graduate Louisa Reeve (pictured left). Although Louisa actually began her rowing at school, she only started to take the sport seriously once she arrived at Durham. Thereafter, she rapidly rose to became a rower of international distinction.

Louisa won a gold medal in the women's double in the World University Rowing Championships in 2006 and then a silver medal in the women's quad at the World Cup Regatta in Linz in 2007. In 2008, she rowed for her country in the women's pair and the women's eight at the Beijing Olympic Games.

There are many other Hatfield rowers who have performed at international level. Among these are: Ann Fines-Allin, Simon Barr, Henry Chin, Alice Freeman, Lucy Heise, Carl Maw, Jess Oakley, Briony Oldale, Maggie Paxton, Seb Stuart & Emily Taylor.


Rowing

As with rugby, so with rowing - Hatfield has helped nurture an abundance of talent. One College member who has had an outstanding record of achievement in women's rowing is is 2006 graduate Louisa Reeve (pictured left). Although Louisa actually began her rowing at school, she only started to take the sport seriously once she arrived at Durham. Thereafter, she rapidly rose to became a rower of international distinction.

Louisa won a gold medal in the women's double in the World University Rowing Championships in 2006 and then a silver medal in the women's quad at the World Cup Regatta in Linz in 2007. In 2008, she rowed for her country in the women's pair andd the women's eight at the Beijing Olympic Games.

There are many other Hatfield rowers who have performed at international level. Among these are: Ann Fines-Allin, Simon Barr, Henry Chin, Alice Freeman, Lucy Heise, Carl Maw, Jess Oakley, Briony Oldale, Maggie Paxton, Seb Stuart & Emily Taylor.


Other Sports

Outstanding achievements by Hatfielders at international level are by no means confined to the above-mentioned 'main-stream' sports.

For example, 2008 graduate Claire Bennett (pictured right) has represented her country at fencing for a number of years. She won a gold medal in the women's team foil at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and a bronze in the same event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. More recently, Claire won a bronze medal at the FIE Satellite World Cup in 2008.

Another sports star of note here is Gavin Featherstone who captained England's hockey team and went on to become an Olympic coach. Gavin is now the University's senior hockey coach.

Other sporting greats that are also worthy of mention include: Warren Bradley (Soccer), Gemma Crossthwaite Eyre (Lacrosse), Chris Farren (Fencing), Rui Saldanha (Hockey), Beth Tricker (Lacrosse) & Malcolm Willstrop (Squash).