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GMS’s International Rugby Player

“A proud day for former GMS student, all his family, friends and school. Stasio Maltby played his debut international rugby match for Poland; a footballer turned rugby player by GMS in Year 7. Poland hosted Hungary in their first international fixture in a year and a half. The home side came away with a convincing 43-3 win, with GMS’s Stasio making the score sheet, thanks to his second half try. A true inspiration to us all!”

Just 22 years old, Stasio has made his mark in the world of rugby, as his mother is Polish he qualified to play for their international team.

His love for rugby was fostered by GMS, he played full-back all the way through KS3 and KS4. Leaving GMS for a sports scholarship at Buckswood School, he was awarded a place there on the back of his all-round ability, experience of sport and the number of times he had played football and rugby for GMS.

Being a successful player in Buckswood landed him Captain of the 1st team in Year 13; the school recognised a determined, responsible player, who always gave 110% and led by example to his peers.

From his success at Buckswood, he played for Hastings and Brighton University 1st team, while also studying Sport Business Management.

Brighton Blues snapped him up, once he had graduated: at last he was paid to play, although he had to work to supplement his income.

It was an exciting zoom interview, with the Polish manager, which led to his being invited to a July camp: his performance there meant he was selected, from 70 hopefuls, for the Polish squad of 27.

What a marvellous debut he had on 11th September 2021, in his first international game against Hungary! Stasio was superb in the full 80 minutes as winger: two try assists, one try and numerous tackles made. Already, he has been asked to return for the next three international games.

Interview with Mr Goodright.

Why did you start sport at GMS?

It was a good channel … I knew I wanted to represent the school teams, so I had to meet the expectations of the PE Department. This included appropriate behaviour in all of my lessons. Also, I met friends, who I still speak with now – essentially, it got me through school.

What was your best sporting memory from GMS?

Undoubtedly, winning KS3 Achiever at Sports Awards and becoming a permanent squad member of both the football and rugby teams. The whole experience of training, the minibus journeys and playing for the school team was brilliant – I still reminisce about how much fun I had and what that has now led to.

What would your advice be to current students at GMS?

I was one of the smallest boys at school, yet I gave team sport a go: you never know how successful you can be unless you try. I stuck with it, and it has created endless opportunities, and friendships. You have to work hard but it creates an amazing social network, which is life-long.

Where will you go from here?

Continue with rugby, of course. I am 22 and, hopefully, can make a career out of playing. Since my Poland cap I have been approached by other rugby clubs who are keen to pay me to play – and it all started from picking up a rugby ball at GMS and being inspired by my PE teachers, I couldn’t be happier right now.



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