We recently held our first Celebration of Sport Evening which proved to be a great success with fantastic attendance from students, parents and invited guests. The evening comprised of the presentation of awards, addresses from guest speakers together with videos and images of our athletes in action.
There were a number of awards given to both boys and girls of all key stages in a variety of categories. This more elite evening runs alongside our sports assemblies that celebrate sport at all levels. The categories were:
- Achievement in sport performed outside of school (sponsored by Helsby Golf Club)
- Leadership award (sponsored by GrowHow)
- Achievement in each of our five main sports (basketball, netball, football, cross-country and athletics)
- Team of the Year (sponsored by Dennis Evans)
- Fitness award (sponsored by Helsby Parish Council)
- Sports Personality of the Year
- Most Improved
There were three guest speakers during the evening who delivered addresses on how sport has positively impacted on their lives.
Ms Anna Jackson (former GB Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball player) spoke first sharing her inspirational story on her rise to the top in her chosen sport and how she didn’t allow her limitations to interfere with striving to be the best.
Mr Luke Candler (ex pupil) spoke about his experiences in school, performing in different sports teams and taking ‘A’ Level PE, that inspired him to study Sports Psychology at University in Leeds. This led him to becoming involved with martial arts and saw him move to London and open his own business. He recognised that the opportunities that he was given at school gave him a firm foundation to continue with sport when he left and to set up his own successful business.
Devan Bailey with Snoop Dogg! Mr Devan Bailey (ex pupil and Cheshire Phoenix and Great Britain basketball player) spoke about how school gave him the fire and determination to follow his dream of being a top basketball player. He recognised that with hard work and determination he could be the best and this resulted in him gaining a scholarship to America to further his ambition and dream. It was here that he received a wake up call on how much more he had to find to reach the standard of his American counterparts, “I found out how good I wasn’t!” Using lessons learned at Helsby he re-doubled his efforts to go on to become a professional player and represent his country. Devan currently plays for Chester Phoenix in the BBL and was the fans’ player of the year last season.
During the evening there were a number of videos to show the nominees for the ‘Team of the Year Award’ (U16 girls’ football, junior boys’ cross-country and the U14 boys’ basketball team) as well as the ‘Achievement Outside of School Award’. This allowed for a change in the format of the evening and the videos were edited in a way to take a more humorous view of our excellent sports stars whilst enabling to see their level of skill and to learn more about their achievements.
Special thanks must go to Mr Mellor and his lower sixth media students who worked very hard on recording and editing these videos ready for the evening.
In addition, Franky D (lower sixth) played an excellent role in obtaining the images of the award winners and controlling the viewing order during the evening.
|Sports Leaders – Kieran E – Jack B – Beth M – Ella C
There were many pupils who assisted with the evening aside to the ones mentioned above. Sadly, due to restrictions on the website, it not possible to mention their full names. Without these pupils the evening would not have run so well. Special thanks to:
Media students – Aoife N – Satch H -Harry M – San T – Johnny R
Photographers – Freya I -Megan M – Alice L
List of Sponsors
Most of the award winners were received a certificate, gift voucher, medal/shield to keep and a trophy/shield to be kept in school. This would not have been possible without the very generous donations of some of our local businesses below:
Helsby Golf Club www.helsbygolfclub.org
Encirc Logistics www.encirc360.com
Loxley Hall www.minstercaregroup.co.uk
The Courtyard Cheshire www.thecourtyardcheshire.com
Heathercliffe Residential Care Home www.heathercliffecarehome.co.uk
Helsby Parish Council www.helsbyparish.org.uk
KDE LTD www.kde-ltd.co.uk
Mr Dennis Evans (former Head of PE)
Thanks to parents
We must take this opportunity to thank parents for their on-going support in taking their children to and from fixtures and training regularly. It was great to see so many parents and family members supporting the evening.
Video sample and pictures of award winners
Please see below the award winners: