Juggling exams with glory on the national stage

Genevieve Randall

Ben Goodall

Ebony Cantwell

Ben Rowland

First published in News

OLYMPIC swimmers, athletes and even a Britain’s Got Talent contestant aced their exams.

Team GB synchronised swimmer Genevieve Randall, 16, from Faringdon, has only spent one day at school a week for the last two years.

But the student at King Alfred’s, Wantage, student still bagged five As and 4 Bs, which might help her in her back-up career – an army nurse.

She said: “I just want a job that’s thrilling, something with more edge.”

In the meantime, she is aiming for a goldmedal at Rio in 2016.

Genevieve’s twin sister, Fleur, is also looking at a career in nursing, and her three As and four Bs have earned her a place at King Alfred’s sixth form in September.

Teenage gymnast Ben Goodall was selected for team GB’s tumbling squad in July, and has a rigorous training regime.

He still managed to get five A*, five A and two B grades, which he said he is very pleased with.

Ben, who celebrates his 16th birthday today, said: “I did really well. It has been tough managing both, having to go to training in Milton Keynes two hours away.

“I revised in the car, got into kit and practised, then revised on the way home again.”

Ben will now travel to Portugal to compete in The Loule Cup, which focuses on tumbling and trampolining.

Ebony Cantwell spent most of this year rehearsing for her appearance in the semi final of Britain’s Got Talent, with her group REAformed.

The 16-year-old from Grove still managed to get the GCSE grades she needs to get into the sixth form at King Alfred’s, Wantage, and get some A-Levels, just in case her career in pop music doesn’t work out.

Ben Rowland, a student at John Mason School in Abingdon, has juggled his studies with a career as a European Pool Champion.

The 16-year-old, who got two Bs in art, said: “I passed everything but was hoping for a bit better.

“Some of my training overlapped with revision.”

He added: “I had pool tournaments nearly every weekend so it sort of clashed sometimes, I missed the revision instead of the tournaments.”

Ben has now set his sites on winning the World Championships for his age group in Scotland in October.

In his spare time, he has also taken up snooker.

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