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5 November

OVs across ‘The Pond’

We were so pleased to hear from Immie Gillgrass (W 13-20) and Cameron Mathewson (Cr 11-18), who are both currently living, studying and playing in the USA, especially as, despite being at university in different states, they had managed to arrange a meet up!

Both Immie and Cameron are exceptional sports people.

Immie’s passion is Hockey, and while at King’s, in addition to her studies Immie captained the 1st Hockey team as well as playing for the Under 18 England team. She was also awarded Junior Female Sports Person of the Year in the City of Worcester Sport Awards in 2018.

Cameron’s focus is football (or soccer now that he’s playing in the US!). Similarly sports-oriented at King’s, Cameron was in the 1st team not only for football, but also rugby, cricket and was a member of the athletics team. It was while playing for the England Independent Schools FA that Cameron first learned about the opportunities of a US soccer scholarship. The rest, as they say, is history.

Kindly giving us an update, Immie explained, “I’m currently in my Sophomore year at Wake Forest University in North Carolina (my second year), majoring in Health and Exercise Science with minors in Environmental Studies and Health and Human Services. Wake Forest is a prestigious Division One Sporting college (the highest level) and has an extensive history in soccer championships. I was instantly drawn to the campus and its beauty and size; I liked how it was smaller than some of the bigger city universities I had looked at to play field hockey. It is also a top 25 University in America academically, putting me in a good place post my hockey career from which to get a great degree.

“Wake was able to host George Washington in a soccer game that Wake won 3-0. Cam had messaged me prior to the game asking if I was going to go, which I was, as some of my closest friends are on our men’s soccer team so I go to most home games. I was able to watch him play against my team before catching up after the game, discussing his plans for the future as he’s a senior so will be leaving after this year. We also reflected upon how COVID restrictions here have meant that our parents have not been able to come out and watch any of our games, and how we hoped to go home for Christmas having been here since early July.”

OVs across ‘The Pond’ Cameron Mathewson and Immie Gillgrass

Cameron added, “I’m currently in my Senior (final) year at The George Washington University, in Washington DC studying a double major in Finance & Economics. It’s been a fantastic three and a half years, studying right in the heart of the US capital. The campus is just a few blocks from the White House, the World Bank and the IMF headquarters. Washington DC offers a great combination of high academics and NCCA Division One soccer, with all the excitement and convenience of living in the heart of a beautiful city.

“The experience of playing soccer in the US and flying from East to West, training every day, has been incredible, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to combine studies and high level sport. It was great to catch up with Immie at Wake Forest – they have a fantastic stadium and get 2000+ spectators regularly. I’m looking forward to the Christmas break, as with COVID restrictions my parents have been unable to visit.”

We look forward to hearing more from Immie and Cameron!