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Commonwealth Bronze for OO and teacher!

A former Oakham School student and her teacher have played alongside each other in the England Women’s Hockey team to win Bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games this weekend!

Old Oakhamian Kathryn Lane and Ellie Watton were part of the women's team who secured England's 100th medal at the Commonwealth Games, after their 6-0 victory against India.

Kathryn, who left Oakham School in 2013, has been representing England for many years now.  She was playing and captaining the U18 squad whilst at Oakham, and then moved on to play and captain the U21 squad before being invited to join the senior squad.

Ellie worked part time as a PE teacher at Oakham for four years whilst also training and playing internationally. Ellie taught Kathryn before she left to take up her place on the GB squad for the Rio Olympics.

“Oakham Hockey continues to go from strength to strength – with our players winning key titles and medals across the world,” says Director of Hockey, James Bateman.  “It’s particularly heart-warming to see Kathryn and Ellie stand side-by-side together on the pitch – showcasing the exceptional talent we have at Oakham – not just our students, but also our coaching and teaching teams who pass on their exceptional skills and knowledge to inspire future medal winners.”

With a Bronze Commonwealth Games medal under her belt, Kathryn now has her eye on the Olympics.  She has already been named part of the Centrally Contracted Squad in preparation for Tokyo 2020 and if she reaches her goal, she’ll be following in the footsteps of another Old Oakhamian, Crista Cullen, who won Gold at Rio.

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