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I know Colin Kirkham represented Gt Britain at the Olympics,Is he kbgs only olimpian?

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 57 62

Current location (optional) keighley

Re: olympians

Although not strictly KBGS, Oakbanker Des Fretwell competed in the cycling at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Re: olympians

I was on holiday in the Malverns around that time. My son and I decided to walk the Malverns - South to North. We crossed a road where the Milk Race was due to cross. We were handed a programme and noticed that a rider from Keighley called Fretwell was in the England team. When he passed us at walking speed, standing on the pedals as he climbed the hill out of Ledbury, I shouted in my best couth Keighley, "Cum on, Fretwell, gie it sum bluddy wellie". There was quite a look of amazement on his face.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 52-60

Current location (optional) Lincoln

Re: olympians

So,it looks like kbgs only produced one olympian,Being a rugby/cricket playing school, were any international/senior county players (apart from Dave Jeans Rugby League) produced and if not why not? was it poor facilities or poor teachers?

Re: olympians

I think this has been posted before: Barrie Whittingham played for Nottingham. He never quite reached the potential we all thought he had, although there's nothing shabby about playing first class cricket. These stats are from Cricinfo:

Barrie Whittingham


Full name Norman Barrie Whittingham
Born October 22, 1940, Silsden, Yorkshire
Current age 68 years 41 days
Major teams Nottinghamshire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Batting and fielding averages Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 77 141 7 2964 133 22.11 2 15 41 0
List A 5 5 0 85 69 17.00 0 1 0 0

Bowling averages Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 77 178 122 1 1/9 122.00 4.11 178.0 0 0
List A 5 - - - - - - - - - - -

Career statistics First-class span 1962 - 1966
List A span 1963 - 1966