Former pupil Will Satch and his rowing partner George Nash have won an Olympic Bronze medal in the men's pair in a superb race at Dorney Lake.
Will, 23, and George, 22, have only been rowing together in the pair since the start of the year, when fellow GB rowers Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge moved to the men's four.
Will, who learnt to row at Shiplake said: "I can't really believe it. Six months ago I didn't think I'd even be coming as a spare. It is a dream come true."
Satch’s mother Sally, who teaches at Shiplake, watched the race from the Family and Friends stand with Will's sister Jo Unsworth, a current Shiplake pupil, who also rows for GB. Sally commented after the race: “This is a massive shock. Initially they were told to train for Rio and don't worry about these Olympics. I've got utter respect for what those two boys have done.” Sally and Will's ssS S Sa
Headmaster Gregg Davies said, "This is an unbelievable climax to a fantastic season. I am so pleased for Will and George and look forward to following their future rowing careers."
Photo: Will and Sally at Dorney courtesy of Peter McConnell.