Sporting achievement and spirit were celebrated by students, parents and staff at the biennial Lady Manners School Sports Awards on Thursday 26 April.
The event highlights the huge range of sporting achievement at Lady Manners School across all year groups and sporting disciplines. The audience, included 140 students representing all year groups, who have all contributed to the life of sport at the school. They heard from a range of student speakers, highlighting the achievements and challenges faced by the school’s 80 plus sporting teams and individual sportspeople.
The guest speaker, Alex Hellings, provided a focus for the evening. Alex, a former Lady Manners School student and a former ‘Most Promising Award’ winner, is an international dressage rider. Throughout school she ably demonstrated the school’s motto, ‘strive to attain’, in balancing her equestrian pursuits with her school work. Her hard work and determination paid off when she left Sixth Form last year as a regular competitor at international dressage competitions, as well as having secured a place to study mathematics at University.
Such is the talent of the students that nominations were plentiful, but winners emerged from a difficult judging process. The awards were presented to Niamh O’Connell (Sports Leader Award); Kyle Smith (Most Improved Award); Lily Carson (William Musgrove Award); Louis Roach (Sports Contribution Award); Ben Patrick (Most Promising Award); Harriet Cockcroft (Sports Plus Award); the Equestrian Team (Team Award); and Izzy Cottrell (Sports Personality Award).
This impressive group of young people includes those who have great things ahead of them as well as those who are already achieving public recognition. The winners include the Derbyshire Volunteer of the Year; an eventing rider competing at national level; and a county level footballer. Equally important is the fact that every winner has contributed to the enjoyment and success of sport at Lady Manners School by joining in, volunteering, providing leadership, coaching younger students, supporting staff and achieving in their own areas.
Mr Meikle, Headteacher of Lady Manners School said: “The Lady Manners School Sports Awards demonstrate the amazing achievements of our young people. Each of the winners and, indeed, all of the students who were invited to the evening plus many more, are a tremendous asset to the school. We are very proud of all of these students. Congratulations to the winners who so richly deserve their awards.”