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OE News: September 2021

16 Sep 2021
Written by Kin Tang
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Age hasn’t stopped Mike Banfield (4819), now 89, from competing in the Open Castle Swim.  He made sure that the Bill Green Memorial Trophy was returned to its usual place when he was the oldest man to compete.  Mike sea swims almost daily throughout the year and has won gold medals in Guernsey Swimming Club’s Masters events and competed in competitions nationally.

Jordan Guillou (11301) has been awarded a bursary by BWCI this year.  The bursary programme is designed to provide financial support and practical work experience for local undergraduate students.

Charlie-Joe Hallett (11196) swam himself into the Guernsey record books at the SW Swimming Festival in Plymouth in July by breaking the record for the 100m breaststroke long-course set at 1-05-17 minutes with a brilliant 1-03-57 minutes, previously set at the Commonwealth Games 2014. 

Ciaran O’Neill (8649) has been promoted from Executive Director to Partner at Rawlinson Hunter.  Previously, Ciaran was Global Head of Trust at Credit Suisse.

James Hollowell (7370) has been promoted as Head of Guernsey at Brooks Macdonald.   James has been with the group since 2012.

Alex Bates (10876) high off the success of his first film, Occupied, is drafting a new short film, Obsession, which is set to explore work-life balance.  Filming is set to begin towards the end of the year in Guernsey.

Chris Bain (11292) has risen to 4th on Guernsey’s all-time 800m list after a cracking run at the BMC Trafford, posting a time of 1-52-49 minutes beating his personal best.  

A strong performance in the mountains by Sam Culverwell (11088) capped off a solid comeback outing at France’s Tour Alsace.  Sam’s best day of the five-day stage cycle race, was on the Ribeauville-Lac Blanc stage which featured 5 mountain passes, beating the whole of the Great Britain U23 team and finished 57th overall.

Running distance star Will Bodkin (9638) has won the 25th Trident Trust All Terrain Challenge and completing a clean sweep of all seven stages for the week. 

Jack Mancini (10440) has joined Freedom Asset Management.  Jack will be responsible for all financial matters across Guernsey and Abu Dhabi.

Henry Simpson (9542) has been elected as president of the Guernsey International Legal Association which focuses on educational work as well as being an informal forum for lawyers and law students locally.

Jon Branch (9528) mastered the conditions to claim the W.P. Mahy Trophy.  With drizzle, overcast skies and a blustery westerly wind, victory went to Jon with a magnificent 105.12 ex 105.21 but Alexander Stewart won the B-class spoon and overall 2nd place with his best score to date, an excellent 104.13. 

Peter Jory (7823), Alexander Stewart and Freddie Stewart of the Elizabeth College Cadets truly made their mark during the 152nd NRA Imperial Meeting at Bisley.  Freddie (College Captain) was in contention for the top prize at the long-range Lovell shoot, where he was eventually placed 5th.  Peter Jory (7823), Adam Jory (7916), Alexander Stewart and Nick Mace (8274) all took part in the Queen’s final rifle shooting. Nick placed 32nd overall, five points behind the winner.  Adam, with less than a 1 point difference from Nick placed 43rd and Peter was 80th.  Stewart, 15, on his first trip to Bisley, must surely be the youngest competitor to record a highest possible score of 50 ex 50 at both 900 and 1,000 yards in the match.   

In Olympic news, Carl Hester (7519) competed in his sixth Olympics and completed the full set of Olympic medals in Tokyo where Britain’s dressage team took third place.  Cam Chalmers (9844) was selected for Great Britain’s Athletics team, featuring in the 4x400m relay squad.  Cam led out Great Britain’s quartet as they qualified with a new national record of 3-11-95 minutes but missed out on a medal in the final heat.      

Nick Kerins (10358), with a squad consisting of College students, are looking to compete as part of the Channel Islands Rifle Team’s (CIRT) proposed tour to South Africa in the World Long Range Championship in 2024.  The tour is nearly a month long with competitions at state, national and international level, building up to the Palma Match.  Currently there are over thirty members of the CIRT expressing an interest for the tour.  With the anticipated cost of thirty members travelling and competing likely to exceed £100,000, Nick and the CIRT are looking for sponsorship.  Sponsors may have the opportunity to display their corporate logos on the team’s kit.  If this is anything you or your organisation could assist in, please get in touch with Nick at

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