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Fifteen years of marking student achievement in sport were celebrated in style at the 15th annual Sports Personality of the Year awards.

The guest of honour at this year’s event on 14 July was Steve Giles, deputy vice principal of the College, who initiated the awards and is leaving the College to take up a headship abroad.

Mr Giles spoke to the packed assembly hall, filled with students’ family and friends, about his belief that we can all learn lessons for life through sport.

 “It was my great pleasure to be asked to be guest of honour at our annual Sports Personality of the Year,” said Mr Giles.
“When I first created the event at Stoke Damerel in July 2003, I never dreamt that the event would be this year celebrating its 15th year this year.
"I was inspired to create a sporting event after first watching the BBC sports personality of the year in December 1982 when Daley Thompson was crowned the prestigious winner.
"I knew from that time I wanted to create an event where everyone involved in sport could be proud to celebrate their achievements not only in school but in the wider community.
“I'm a firm believer that, through sport, we can learn many lessons for life, such as teamwork, hard work, practice and determination.
“I have found it personally very rewarding to be part of something so positive,” he added.

"The evening was a huge success, and I was proud to see so many of our young people rewarded for their excellence and determination to be the very best they can be in the sport of choice.
"Long may it continue, grow and flourish in the future."

The Key Stage 4 winners were Megan Kelley and Louis Plumley while the Key Stage 3  winners were Alice Gue and Olly Preston.

PE teacher Matt Hatcliffe, who organised this year’s event, said he felt “very proud “of the student presenters at the event.

“They did a wonderful job of showcasing the College’s sporting triumphs over the course of the year,” he said.

"Sports Personality 2017 had many worthy winners and students recognised for their achievements over the course of this academic year.

"We welcomed two new award winners this year in Dance performers of the year.  These went to Tianna Coy for KS3 and Grace Batterby for KS4."

"Girls' team of the year went to Year 7 rounders after finishing first across the city – we were very happy to be able to present the girls with their trophies.

"Boys' team of the year was hotly contested by several Year 8 teams but the overall award went to the Year 7 boys' football after a great league run and an outstanding cup performance."

More than 150 awards and trophies were handed out during the 90-minute ceremony which Mr Hatcliffe described as a “great evening”.
“The students were all outstanding and a real credit to the school – it was privilege to organise.”


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