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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot.

Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of Acting wing commander. He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and became one of the world's best-selling authors. He has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century". His works include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda, The Twits, The Witches and James, and the Giant Peach among many others.

Dahl boarded at Repton, from 1930 to 1934. In his autobiographical novel Boy, Dahl writes about Repton, recalling how he was chosen as captain of the squash team and of his days spent riding his motorbike through the village. Roald Dahl is part of Repton School's extraordinary and fine literary heritage and an example of a great Repton School all-rounder: during his time at Repton Dahl played squash, served as the Fives captain, and was appointed to the role of perfect.

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Harold Abrahams CBE

Harold Abrahams, CBE, was a British track and field athlete. He was Olympic champion in 1924 in the 100 metres sprint and his victory was seen by many as a triumph over prejudice. Two days later he won silver in the 200 metres. The story of Abrahams Olympic gold medal is depicted in the 1981 movie “Chariots of Fire”. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

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Georgina Twigg MBE

An English international hockey player and an Olympic gold medallist. Twigg played as a midfielder for England and Great Britain from 2010 to 2016. Her achievements include:

  • Commonwealth Bronze with England
  • Bronze medal with England at the 2010 Argentina World Cup
  • Gold at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics
  • Silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Silver medal with Great Britain at the 2012
  • Champions Trophy in Argentina
  • Bronze medal at the London Summer Olympics

Georgina was named England Hockey's Young Performance Player of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013.

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