MANCHESTER, GBR – 22 February 2014 – Manchester (white) vs Invicta (blue) in the Semi Final of the 2014 British Gas Men’s Water Polo Championships held at the Manchester Aquatics Centre. (Photo by David Crawford / www.stillsport.com)
MANCHESTER, GBR – 22 February 2014 – Manchester (white) vs Invicta (blue) in the Semi Final of the 2014 British Gas Men’s Water Polo Championships held at the Manchester Aquatics Centre. (Photo by David Crawford / http://www.stillsport.com)

Ed Scott (1999-2006)

I left School in 2006 with a place to study medicine at Leeds University. During my time at school I played lots of Waterpolo, winning the national championships with school at all three age groups. I was also selected to represent the Senior GB team during my A level years and competed in the 2006 Commonwealth championships whilst still at school.

I continued to play for Great Britain whilst at university. A high performance centre was set up in Manchester with new funding being invested in the sport for the 2012 Olympic Games. I managed to balance my studies with commuting to Manchester for training during my first three years of my medical degree. After three years of study (and a further one year BSc in Anatomy), the medical school granted me a year away from my studies where I could concentrate on training and preparing for the Olympics. I spent this year playing professionally in the Spanish premier league for a team in Barcelona which helped me grow hugely as a player.

I went on to be selected to represent Team GB in the London 2012 Olympic Games which was the greatest experience of my life.

I then played another year professionally in Spain before returning back to medical school, where I am now part way through my fifth and final year.

Since the Olympic Games, I was made captain of the Great Britain and England teams. In 2014, I captained England to the gold medal in the Commonwealth championships in Scotland which was a fantastic milestone for the sport in our country.

What is your connection to Bolton School? Were any other members of your family here?

My sister was at the Girls Division for Senior School, but left before Sixth Form.

What is your fondest Bolton School memory?

My fondest memories were of the trips we would have to Patterdale, the trips to Russia I went on with the Russian department and winning the Waterpolo national championships with the school team. We also went on a Waterpolo tour to Hawaii which was incredible!

Did any member of teaching staff particularly inspire you while you were at school?

All the teachers involved in Waterpolo were fantastic. Trevor Pledger, Mike Yates and Simon Jones were some of the key people who encouraged me to take up the sport and helped me improve as an athlete. Without those teachers, I wouldn’t have experienced any of the success that I have had.

As well as this, there were many people at school who helped enormously with the logistics of taking time off school to compete at international tournaments – the Headmaster at the time, Mervyn Brooker, and members of the Russian department including Mr Pownall and Mr Davidson, spring to mind.

What do you feel your experience at Bolton School has given to you personally?

Without the opportunities given to me at school, I would never have experienced any of the things I have been lucky enough to experience over the last 10 years or so.   I’m very lucky to have been given those opportunities and encourage any pupil to get involved with as many clubs/societies as possible – you never know what you might be good at!

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to play Waterpolo after school on a Wednesday in Year 7, which went on to shape the next 15 years of my life. Because of Waterpolo I have travelled the world, I speak a second language and I am an Olympian – all of which wouldn’t have been possible without the opportunities and support I was given at School, for which I am immensely grateful.

What is the best career advice you can give to Bolton School pupils today?

Career wise, I’d advise students to have an open mind in what they want to do with their lives. Do what they feel passionately about and something that you will enjoy!