Sport

resourceGlyn Barnett

Attended Gresham’s from 1981 to 1989 (Kenwyn & Woodlands).

In the 2006 Commonwealth Games at Melbourne, international rifleman Glyn Barnett, along with Dr Parag Patel, won the gold medal in the full-bore rifle pairs competition. At the 2002 Commonwealth Games he won a bronze medal in the pairs. His first Commonwealth Games, in 1994, saw him take a bronze medal in the singles and a silver medal in the pairs. He won HM the Queen’s Prize in 2002 and 2003 – the only person to win the prize in consecutive years. He represented Gresham’s at Bisley, in the English schools shooting championships. He was a part of the Great Britain U19 team in Canada, coming second in the Canadian Championships. He went on to join the international circuit as part of the Great Britain senior team.
After school, he qualified as a doctor.

resourceDeborah Fenn

Attended Gresham’s from 1994 to 1999 (Edinburgh).

In April/May 2013, international target rifle shooter Deborah competed for four weeks in The West Indies as part of a 22-strong team representing Great Britain. This is Deborah’s second time representing Great Britain at Senior Level, and her eighth overseas shooting tour. In team shooting, Deborah also regularly shoots for Suffolk County, the North London Rifle Club and Wandsworth Fullbore Rifle Team. Individually, Deborah has had a number of shooting successes, and notes one of her favourites as winning The Royal Naval Air Command open competition in 1999 (the year she left School), beating the then shooting master, Nigel Ball! Outside of shooting, Deborah is a Private Banker at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management and is very grateful for their support during her time away.

resourceRalph Firman

Attended Gresham’s from 1988 to 1993 (Farfield).

He is English-born but races under Irish citizenship. On leaving the School, Ralph Firman went straight into racing and led much of the 1995 Formula Three championship, but lost the title at the final round. He went on to win the title in 1996 – the same year in which he won the Macau Grand Prix. In 2003, he raced in Formula One at the Jordan team, taking part in 14 Formula One Grands Prix.In 2007, he won the Japan Super GT GT500 class championship with the Autobacs Racing Team Aguri. His sister, Natasha, is also a racing driver.

resourceNatasha Howard

Attended Gresham’s from 1996 to 1998 (Edinburgh).

Natasha is a British rower. She rowed in the women’s eight at the 2008 Summer Olympics but could not row in the finals due to illness.

resourceRichard Leman

Attended Gresham’s from 1972 to 1977 (Tallis).

Richard Leman won the Gold Medal for hockey at the 1988 Summer Olympics at Seoul. Four years later in the Summer Olympics at Los Angeles he won the bronze. During his long career he became England’s most capped player. A member of the Olympic association, he was chosen as President of GB Hockey in 2007.

resourceBen and Tom Youngs

Attended Gresham’s from 1995 to 2003 (Tallis) and 1996 to 2005 (Tallis) respectively.

Brothers Tom and Ben Youngs, Rugby Union players for England. Both play for Leicester Tigers, Ben as scrum-half and Tom as hooker. Although both have, at different times, played for England, they made their first joint appearance on 24th November 2012, as part of the line-up against South Africa at Twickenham. Talent for the sport runs in the family: the brothers’ father, Nick Youngs, played for both Leicester and England as scrum-half.

Photo Courtesy of Just Regional

resourceGawain Briars

Attended Gresham’s from 1968 to 1978 (Crossways & Howson’s).

Gawain Peter Briars is a sportsman and lawyer. In the world of squash, he has won several major international titles and now serves as Executive Director of the Professional Squash Association.Gawain learnt to play squash at Gresham’s and became a professional squash player on leaving school at the age of eighteen, continuing as a professional until 1989. He became the British number one player in 1985, and at the top of his career was the fourth-ranked squash player in the world. He won titles in the USA, France, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Monte Carlo, Singapore and Malaysia, and was President of the world Professional Squash Association from 1985 to 1987. On retiring from the professional sport in 1989, Briars went to University College, Cardiff to study law, and subsequently qualified as a solicitor in 1994.