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10th December 2020

Amazing Alumni – on the pitch & stage

Old Oakhamians continue to make national news, particularly our sports stars – with Stuart Broad being nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020 and Lyndon James securing a new two-year deal with Nottinghamshire CCC. 

Stuart has been nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020 following his success this summer which saw him take his 500th Test wicket and become England’s second highest wicket taker of all time. He joins fellow nominees in a public vote for the title on the BBC One show on Sunday 20 December. 

“We are all absolutely delighted that Stuart has been nominated for this prestigious accolade,” says Oakham’s Director of Sport, Iain Simpson. “This is yet more recognition of his amazing season and outstanding cricketing talent. It is so very well deserved after the many years of exceptional hard work and effort Stuart has put in on the pitch and in training since the age of 11 when he began his cricketing career at Oakham.” 

We will definitely be casting our vote in support of Stuart and will all have our fingers crossed that he takes the title, just like David Steele did in 1975 – who then went on to coach Stuart during his time at Oakham. 

Sarah Moss (04) will also be featuring in a show in December, as part of the pantomime film of Jack & the Beanstalk that will be going into Everyman and Showcase Cinemas from 4 to 11 December respectively (see pantoonline.co.uk for more information). Following an incredibly difficult year for actors, the pantomime was created by Peter Duncan (of Blue Peter fame) and filmed in his garden – a brilliant example of how people have adapted to the loss of live theatre. Read more about the national loss of live theatre and our Alumni support for Oakham re-opening the QET to audiences here. 

Stuart is not the only Old Oakhamian cricketer who is celebrating good news – Lyndon James (17) signed a new two-year deal with Nottinghamshire CCC. The Academy graduate first joined the Nottinghamshire setup aged ten, and went onto progress through the county’s representative sides. After leaving Oakham School, he made his Nottinghamshire First-Class debut in September 2018 and spent much of his 2019 season captaining the Nottinghamshire Second XI. 2021 is looking like it will be a good season for Lyndon and we’ll all be watching his games with interest. 

More good news for the Sea Girls, a group of four OO musicians – Henry Camamile (12), Andrew Dawson (11), Rory Young (11) and Oli Khan (11). They have released a new album, Open up your Head. We also continue to watch (or listen) as your musical career continues to unfold and we encourage you all to have a listen – www.seagirls.net/uk-eu

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