Chris Eatough (1986-1990)

Could you write a brief pen portrait about yourself and your career?
I attended Bolton School from 1986 to 1990. I played many sports for Bolton School, including football, cricket, track and field, tennis, swimming, water polo and duathlon. In 1990, I moved to America with my parents. In America, I became a professional mountain bike racer and won six world championships in 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike Racing.

What is your connection to Bolton School? Were any other members of your family here?
My older sister, Joanne Eatough, attended Bolton School at the same time as me.  My family chose Bolton School because the combination of top class academics, athletics and facilities was unmatched.

What is your fondest Bolton School memory?
Sports. The practices and training was very tough, but it shaped us as young men, and we established some stellar teams.

Did any member of teaching staff particularly inspire you while you were at school?
Trevor Pledger. I was part of the first Bolton School water polo team that he started. In the beginning, we lost all our games by landslide score lines, but we trained very hard and leaned the game the right way under Mr. Pledger. We became a winning team, and initiated a legacy of water polo success at Bolton School.

What do you feel your experience at Bolton School has given to you personally?
My time at Bolton School shaped me as a person. Drive, integrity and a commitment to excellence. These are traits I hope to pass on to my own children.

What is the best career advice you can give to Bolton School pupils today?
Make the most of every day. You are extremely fortunate to attend Bolton School. Put the resources to good use and cherish the opportunity every day.

What do you think about Bolton School’s 100 Campaign aim to re-establish genuine open access through its bursary fund?
It is extremely important to provide the Bolton School experience to as many driven students as possible.  This includes students from all backgrounds. The diverse student base is one of the most important elements to the success of Bolton School.