Great Britain’s emerging water polo sensation Connor Carpenter is preparing to make even greater waves in the sport next year after ending 2017 on a high. The 17-year-old, recently crowned men’s water polo’s ‘Emerging Athlete of the Year’ by British Swimming, played an instrumental role in England Under-19s winning the EU Nations competition in Manchester earlier this month. Connor is a current Backing The Best award recipient.
Let’s take you back to the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Great Britain won a total of 13 medals – three gold, five silver and five bronze. The level of interest which surrounds Team GB and the success of the country’s athletes these days wasn’t a familiar picture back then. Media coverage of the Olympics had been limited to a small number of sports while there were grumblings of discontent as Britain finished 13th on the medal table.