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An ex-student returned to the College to present the awards Sports Personality of the Year 2015 and even handed a trophy to his own brother !

The guest of honour at this year’s Rugby World Cup-themed event was Plymouth Albion player Dan Pullinger, who attended the College from 2006 until 2011, and was himself a recipient of the Sports Personality Award in his final year.
He presented a variety of awards to students - including his own brother Tommy - in front of a packed assembly hall filled with family and friends and he spoke to students about his achievements and the importance of hard work and dedication.

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"It was quite strange to come back but a real privilege to be asked," said Dan.
"Sport at Stoke Damerel just grows and grows.
"The teachers are so good - they made it really fun for me when I was a student and I know that’s what they do for the students who are here now.
"It was a fantastic evening and nice to be able to present one of the awards to my own brother!"
Dan’s brother Tommy was the Key Stage 4 Sports Personality male winner and was described as "a true asset to the school".
PE staff said Tommy’s fellow Key Stage 4 winner, Leoneta, was “an outstanding athlete” who won the accolade as she “epitomised the perfect Physical Education student”.

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It is the thirteenth time the awards have been staged at the College and PE teacher Miss Auton, who organised the event, said it was an “honour” to have Dan attend.
"It was a privilege to organise such a prestigious event which showcases the fantastic sporting talent we have," said Miss Auton.
"The students were outstanding and a real credit to the school. They really got involved with the evening and celebrated every achievement.
"It was fantastic to see Dan Pullinger back for the first time since he was crowned winner, he has definitely inspired our students.
"Seeing him present his younger brother with his award was a brilliant moment."

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Councillor for Stoke ward, Sam Davey, was also a special guest at the event which he described as "an inspiring and entertaining evening".
"It was a privilege to be invited," said Councillor Davey.
"The school and parents can be rightly proud of all the young people who took part.  
"Thanks to everyone involved, especially the four students who were so self-assured as presenters."
The Key Stage 3 winners were Jay and Beth who were described as "exceptional performers" in their respective sports.  
Jay was congratulated for displaying "extreme dedication and enormous ability" while Beth - who had just found out she was going to represent the city at the Devon Youth Games in  U14 netball - was called an excellent ambassador for sport; "able to turn her hand, and foot, to anything".
More than 150 awards and trophies were handed out during the 90-minute ceremony which Miss Auton said had been a "great evening".
"Roll on 2016, I look forward to celebrating another year of sporting success," she added.


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