Today we send a good luck message to former Head Boy Tom Mitchell as he prepares to compete at the Tokyo Olympics.
Tom became the first Worthian to win a medal at an Olympics when he captained the Great Britain men’s rugby sevens squad to silver in Rio in 2016 and he will skipper the team again in Japan.
On the day of the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics, we would like to wish Tom the very best for the tournament. Since first honing his rugby skills at Worth, Tom has gone on to enjoy a distinguished career in rugby sevens, with a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018 to add to his silver in Rio.
Great Britain men begin their campaign against Canada on Monday, before playing hosts Japan later that day. They will complete their pool games against Fiji in the morning session on Tuesday, with the quarter-finals being staged in the afternoon. The medal matches take place next Wednesday.
Tom, we are proud of you and we wish you and your team-mates a successful tournament.
Other Worthians who have competed at the Olympics include:
Larry Achike (athletics): competed in the triple jump at two Games, finishing fifth in Sydney in 2000 and seventh in Beijing in 2008.
Nick Bell (fencing): helped the men’s foil team finish sixth overall at both the 1976 Montreal Games and eight years later in Los Angeles, as well as finishing 39th in the individual competition.
Tim Belson (fencing): one of two Worthians who were part of the 1976 Great Britain fencing team in Montreal. Finished 39th in the men’s épée individual competition and ninth in the team event.
Tim Hutchings (athletics): narrowly missed out on a medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, finishing fourth in the men’s 5,000m.