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Thursday 8 October 2015

SPORTS AWARDS: Epsom & Ewell’s special night of celebration for everyone

The young sports personality of the year went to former Glyn School pupil Jack Neill, who will represent Ireland on the pommel horse at this year’s World Gymnastics Championships.

He said: “It is amazing to win. I was here a couple of years ago as a nominee and I missed out, so it’s good to come back as a winner.

JackNeill SPOY

Winner: Jack Neill, flanked by representatives from the Epsom Gymnastics & Trampoline Club, was named young sports personality of the year

“There are loads of people here, and everyone is getting the recognition they truly deserve.”

Neill has much to look forward to next year, with reaching the Olympics Games in Rio being highest on his wish list.

Article can be found here: Epsom and Ewell Awards


Thursday 1 October 2015

Gymnastics: Neill gets his place at the World Championships


Jack Neill has secured a place at the World Gymnastics Championships later this month.

The announcement came after the former Glyn School pupil won a bronze medal in the pommel horse competition and came fourth overall across all the gymnastic disciplines at the UK Schools Games last month.

He then followed this strong performance by finishing fourth in the pommel at the Northern European Championships in Limerick at the end of September.

The 18-year-old, who began training at Tolworth Gymnastics Club at the age of five, will join a team of six gymnasts, including Olympian Kieran Behan, who will represent Ireland at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Scotland.

The event, which runs from October 23 to November 1, is significant this year because it is gymnastics' main qualifying event for the 2016 Rio Olympics.


Sunday 27 September 2015

Duke of Gloucester adds royal flavour to opening of new secondary school building


A member of the royal family opened a new multi-million pound teaching block at an Epsom secondary school.

The Duke of Gloucester, first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, visited Glyn School on Thursday September 24.

He met and inspected cadets at the school's Combined Cadet Force before chatting to students working towards their gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.


The royal met architects who explained design features of the building, head boy, Sean Jayakrishna, and head girl, Olivia Keen, sixth formers in their private study area as well as governors and members of the Parent Staff Association.

He then unveiled a plaque to officially open the new £3.6m Chaloner Building at the The Kingsway site in Epsom.

The building is named in honour of Jon Chaloner, who served as head teacher of Glyn for nine years and is now chief executive officer of multi-academy trust GLF Schools, which runs Glyn.

Current head teacher Philip Wheatley said: "This fabulous addition to Glyn is a fitting tribute to the exceptional work of Jon Chaloner.

"It was a great thrill for the whole Glyn community to welcome the Duke of Gloucester to open our new building, a building that provides 18 modern classrooms as well as a learning resource centre, meeting rooms and a common room."


Tuesday 22 September 2015

Gymnastics: Former Glyn School pupil eyeing World Championship spot


 A former Glyn School pupil is feeling confident about securing a place at the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow after an excellent showing at the UK School Games

Jack Neill won a bronze medal in the pommel horse competition and came fourth overall across all the gymnastic disciplines.

The 18-year-old represented the Ewell secondary school and Northern Ireland at the Games, held in Manchester earlier this month. It was the fifth time he has competed in the event.

Neill, who has deferred taking his place to study engineering at Cambridge by a year in a bid to be part of the Ireland team competing in Scotland later this year, said: "It went really well for me and I'm pleased with how I performed.

"I knew that the pommel was going to be my best event so I was pleased I managed to get a medal and I was pleased to have finished fourth overall, but I was very close to finishing first. It was just a little mistake that cost me."

The current British U18 pommel horse champion, a title previously won by Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith, began training at Tolworth Gymnastics Club at the age of five, and has already competed at the 2012 European Championships and 2013 European Youth Olympics.

"I used the School Games to try out new routines for the Northern European Gymnastics Championships, which is another trial event to get into the team for the World Gymnastics Championships," Neill added.

"My focus at the moment is solely on making sure I'm at the World Championships and I'm feeling very confident about my chances of making this team."