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AKS Sports Celebration a ‘Golden’ evening

  • 3 July 2017
  • Author: Kay Hanham
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AKS Sports Celebration a ‘Golden’ evening

The first AKS Sports Celebration Evening proved to be a great success thanks to Rio Olympian and Gold Medal winning hockey Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh who attended to present the awards, give an inspirational speech and of course show her Olympic Bronze and Gold medals to our sporty youngsters.

 

Kate Richardson Walsh, OBE played 395 times for her country, won 19 major medals and was captain for 13 years. She made history last summer when she led her team to the gold medal at the Rio Olympics in a thrilling final against the World No 1 and Olympic Champions Holland with millions watching a nail biting match and penalty shoot out.  Since that momentous night the profile of hockey and all the squad, including GK Kirsty Mackay who gave a GK Masterclass at AKS earlier in the term, has gone through the roof and AKS was honoured to have Kate as their Guest of Honour at the first ever Celebration of Sport at the school.

 

Kate was born in Manchester and played her hockey in the North West. She has had close associations with AKS Assistant Director of Sport Andrea DeMiranda having been coached by her in her early days playing hockey for the North. AKS Hockey Coach Kay Hanham also worked with Kate as Manager of England U16 team when she gained her first international honours and in England Senior teams later in her career.

 

The evening started in the best possible way as Kate gave the excited pupils an opportunity to see first hand and hold both her Olympic Bronze medal she won in London 2012 and her Olympic gold medal won in Rio. Everyone was astonished at the weight of the medals and will no doubt cherish the photos taken with Kate and the medals.

 

Director of Sport Robbie Jones welcomed Kate and all the guests to the evening and gave a brief overview of another tremendous year on the sports field for AKS in a wide range of sports from rugby to table tennis and hockey to rounders. Many team successes at local and regional level as well as individual international honours for present and past pupils reflected the tremendous opportunities and success enjoyed by pupils at AKS over the past year.

 

Year 7 pupils Alicia I, Abbey F and Zac L spoke superbly to give a flavour of their first sporting year at AKS and how much they had enjoyed all the activities on offer. Senior pupils Alanis P, Jess S, Georgia WW and Ed F spoke of the lifelong friends they have gained and the many lessons learnt from being involved in sport during their years at AKS. All four said the long haul tours to Australia & South Africa were their highlight as not only did it provide them with a fantastic opportunity to play sport in a different country but more importantly they learnt many life skills from this and the numerous  other sporting experiences during their time at AKS.

 

After the eloquent speeches Kate presented awards to all the different winter and summer sports Players of the Season and Most Improved Players with big smiles and hearty congratulations as the pupils went on stage for  the opportunity to receive their awards and shake hands with an Olympic Gold Medallist. Presentations were also made to the pupils in each year who had made the greatest contribution to school sport.

 

The final presentation was fittingly made to AKS’s talented England hockey star Mollie M in recognition of her selection for the England U16 Squad in 2017 and Kate no doubt will have inspired her to aim for the top  and possibly win an Olympic medal of her own one day.

 

After the awards Kate gave an inspirational address in which she spoke with great passion to inspire everyone in the room. Her message to the pupils came from her journey from failing to qualify for the Olympics in Athens in 2004 to winning the top accolade in sport a Gold medal in Rio 2016 and it was for them to be visionary, challenging and strong in all that they do, be it in sport or life. A truly inspirational message.

 

The evening finished with everyone, pupils and staff alike, taking the opportunity to hold, wear and have their picture taken with an Olympic Gold Medal and Kate and overall everyone agreed it was a golden and inspirational evening, fitting for our first multisport celebration evening.

 

AWARD WINNERS

GIRLS

Netball

Most Improved

Player of Season

7A

Alex Matthews

Prisha Rajan

7B

Freya Williams/Rachel Walker

Grace Johnson

8A

Jenny Dawson

Ellie Shepherd

8B

Jade Bleasdale

Ellie Wright

9

Emily Peacock

Rebecca Haresceugh

10

Ellie Cornall

Georgina Bowker

11

Caitlin Rimmer-Eastwood

Megan Whorlton-Jones

Senior

Mollie Turpie

Jess Steward

 

 

 

Hockey

Most Improved

Player of Season

7A

Eloise Brooks

Eleanor Lumsden

7B

Abby Finney

Alicia Iredale

8A

Mia Williams

Hannah Turner

8B

Charlotte Asquith

Keira Bowman

9

Emily Peacock

Farrah Druce

10

Sally Stone

Grace Webster

11

Jade Finlayson

Mollie Mason

Senior

Libby Bonis

Alanis Sky-Parkinson

 

 

 

Tennis

Most Improved

Player of Season

7A

Abigail Finney

Phoebe Marchbank-Caunce

8A

Hattie Ross

Ruby Wildish

9

Amelia Lloyd

Malika Dail

10

Hannah Beeby

Charlotte Leman

 

 

 

Athletics

Most Improved

Player of Season

7A

Gabriella Fowler

Poppy Bridge

8

Ellie Shepherd

Hannah Turner

9

Millie Duncan

Sophie Bridges

10

 

Grace Webster

 

 

 

Rounders

Most Improved

Player of Season

7A

Prisha Rajan

Ziv Wilson

8A

Nyah Holden

Jenny Dawson

9

Ellie Butterfield

Sally Dawson

 

Contribution to school sport

 

7

Alicia Iredale

 Special Awards

8

Amy Slawson

 Mollie Mason - International hockey

9

Lucy Rowe

 Jade Finlayson - World Street Dance

10

Hannah Beeby

 Nadia Craggs - GB Ice Dance

11

Lily Hoskisson


 

BOYS



Most Improved player

Player of the Season

Rugby

U12

William Edwards

Joe Halliday




Daniel Slawson


U13

Chris Bell

Tristan Woodman


U14

Jack Hayden

James Lumsden


U15

Henry WoodWareing

Ben Campbell


U16/2nd

Ellis Keenan

Sam Hackett


1st XV

Jack Worsley

Kyle Macaulay

Football

U12

Harrison Armour

Mitchell Nordwind


U13

Owen davies

Matt Duncan


U14

Joe Pickersgill

Sky Sinclair


U15

Harvey Shaw

Toby O'Neill


2nd XI

Owen Walton

George Bell


1st XI

Tom Wyatt

Charlie Cadley

Cricket

U12

Duke Jones

Jacob Buchan


U13

Kyle Rodgers

Morgan Davies


U14

Roman Bell-Smith

Ali Munir




James Lumsden


U15

Toby O'Neil

Alex Higham


1st XI

Kasim Munir

Taylor Cornall

Basketball

U14

Toby Merrick

James Lumsden

Tennis

U13

James Jeffers

Josh Zacharias


U15

James Lumsden

Roan Zacharias

Athletics

U12


Joe Halliday


U13


Tristan Woodman


U14


Oliver Knowles


U15


Oliver Raynor

Contribution

U12

Zack Littler



U13

Tristan Woodman



U14

Oliver Knowles



U15

Oliver Raynor


Special Awards

Kenan Yeung

National swimming



Alex Clayton

 

England Ind Schools Football

 

 

 

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