Stefan Tewes and Sven Meinhardrt were both in the Gold-winning German hockey team at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. This was the first year, since the Berlin Wall fell, that a unified Germany competed as a single team.
For over a decade, starting in the 80s, Bedford School operated a partnership with HTC Uhlenhorst in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, that saw a steady stream of German boys come to Bedford for a year or two. Stefan Tewes and Sven Meinhardrt were two of many boys who benefited from the partnership and joined Bedford School in the Sixth Form.
Stefan’s skill and positive influence on Bedford’s hockey players was noted in the Ousel: “the wonderful play of Stefan Tewes had a definite and positive influence on the development of our home-bred players and the ability of our team to stand on its own two feet at Crystal Palace was a tribute to our important German connection . . . a very busy term included a 1st XI match at Lords, the St George’s Weybridge 6’s, the Oxford Festival and a ‘Bedford’ XI against England U18 at Bisham’
Stefan, along with fellow OB Sven Meinhardrt, went on to win gold with the Men’s National Team at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. His younger brother Jan-Peter (born 1968) was also on that winning side.
Stefan’s other brother, Henning Tewes (88-89), was also capped for Germany’s U18 national hockey team. “[Henning’s]..added expertise enabled our short corners to be much more potent than previously and his skills worried most defences into mistakes eagerly snapped up by others. A most popular boy, he revelled in the team and we congratulate him on his German U18 cap”.
One national hockey publication commented, “the social and educational benefits of such a connection are too obvious to mention but our boys are also left wide-eyed by some of the skills and abilities of the German players. Here we must mention the brilliance and devastating goal-scoring ability of Sven Meinhardt … Meinhardt is simply the best player I have ever seen at this age-level.”