All roads lead to Rio
BRITAIN is sending its largest Olympic delegation for 24 years—366 athletes—to the Rio Games, which start next week. Remarkably, Millfield School in Somerset is responsible for at least six members.cameron Kurle, who only left this term, will represent Team GB in swimming alongside alumni Helen Glover (rowing), James Guy (swimming), Jazmin Sawyers (long jump), Simon Mantell (hockey) and Ollie Lindsay-hague (rugby sevens). Arthur Lanigan-o’keeffe represents Ireland in modern pentathlon. Team GB’S swim coach Jolyon Finck and Team Ireland’s fencing coach Tristan Parris are also the respective directors of swimming and fencing at the school.
Britain’s most experienced competitor is showjumper Nick Skelton, 58 —this is his seventh Games—and it will be a sixth for John Whitaker, the oldest of the Team GB squad, who celebrates his 61st birthday during the Games and is competing alongside his younger brother, Michael.
Other siblings are Andy and Jamie Murray (tennis), Callum and Derek Hawkins (athletics), Ellie and Rebecca Downie (gymnastics), Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee (triathlon) and Peter and Richard Chambers (rowing) plus married couples Chris and Gabby Adcock (badminton) and Kate and Helen Richardson-walsh (hockey). Don’t miss COUNTRY LIFE’S Olympic guide next week (August 3).