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Fri 8th Nov 2019

James Beim Retires as England Captain

Beim stands down after five years

After five years at the helm, Frasers England Captain James Beim will be standing down from the influential role. Having represented England since 2001, Beim has played in The Coronation Cup 12 times, winning seven times, three times as Captain. He was also Captain for three Westchester Cup victories. Ex-Chairman of the International Committee, John Tinsley stated following the announcement, “Beimy has been a senior member of the England squad during the past 18 years of my involvement with the International Committee. I have much admired him from the day, in 2001, I met him at Melbourne airport to join the England FIP group, until the present as England Captain. Perhaps my greatest memory of him was as a serious member of the England team that unexpectedly won The Westchester in Florida in 2009. I invited him to be England Captain in 2013 and he has carried this out with great skill, dignity and diplomacy.”

His final match as Captain was the 2019 Coronation Cup, which saw Frasers England come up against possibly the strongest team in the world, Argentina. Opponent and Argentine Captain Facundo Pieres said on Beim’s retirement, “Being Captain of your country is always a great honour. Like I have, Beimy has enjoyed the responsibility that comes with that. He is a great competitor and was a great Captain for England. I wish him all the best for the future, knowing that his passion for playing polo will not be any less.”
Congratulations Beimy from all of us at Polo Times on your inspiring time as England Captain and we wish you all the very best.
 
Photograph: James Beim lifting The Coronation Cup in 2017. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

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