Our young sporting SENSATIONS We are always extolling the virtues of ‘Shooting for the Moon’ to our kids but reaching the top is tough. Most are not short of talent or enthusiasm but a lack of hard work dedication, patience and sacrifice can become the stumbling blocks. We speak to some of the next generation of sporting protégés - how did they get there and what does the future hold… 1 TOM CURRY Rugby ★ Alumnus of Oundle School Why did you choose Rugby? I was very influenced by various family members who played a lot of rugby but ultimately when I had to choose between sports I just enjoyed rugby more - probably because of the tackling! Which team(s) do you play for? Sale Sharks and England. At what age did you first start playing? Four years old at Grasshoppers in London. Did school play a role in your career path? Oundle was a big influence. To be able to play high quality games every week against some of the best players in the country allowed me to really test myself. The school timetable allowed for plenty of time to work/train but also to relax. There were times when I’d have to travel away for other commitments but they were very accommodating as long as I caught up with the work! Where do you train and who with? In Manchester with Sale Sharks. How do you manage pre-match nerves? I’m usually okay, I like the nerves as I know it means I’m in the right place mentally. I get worried if I’m not nervous. How do you deal with defeat and with victory? Spending time with people. What do you hope to achieve in 2020? To have fun. What drives you on? To be the best in the world. I’m a pretty competitive person and I enjoy winning. Do you have a sponsor? A few. Most recently Bremont watches but also Landrover and Adidas. What advice can you give to others wanting to excel within the world of rugby? Treat every day the same. If you get better every day whatever happens in the future takes care of itself. Were your parents involved in your choice of sporting career, if so, how? Hugely. Without my parents driving us everywhere and supporting us with everything I would never have had the opportunity to do anything so it played a huge role. Plus my dad was my coach at Grasshoppers and then Crewe and Nantwich Rugby Club from the age of four to 16. PHOTOGRAPHY: © ‘RFU COLLECTION VIA GETTY IMAGES’.
INTERVIEW “It’s easy to burst onto the scene and play well. The hard work comes with replicating it.” TOM’S STATS Age: 22 Sport: Rugby Hobbies and interests: My gun license is in the post. Watching Manchester United at Old Trafford Motto for life: Do whatever makes you happy Sporting hero: Jonny Wilkinson Greatest sporting achievement to date: Nominated for World Player of the Year Favourite food: Nando’s Favourite TV/Radio show: Rick and Morty Netlfix series Ultimate sporting dream: To win the 2023 World Cup! SPRING/SUMMER 20 ★ schoolnotices.co.uk 41