Talented sportsmen and sportswomen honoured

Thorne and Moorends’ sportsmen and sportswomen of the future have been celebrated in a special ceremony which showcased their outstanding work.

A large audience of family and friends turned out for Trinity Academy’s annual Sports Awards evening, which this year saw the creation of a brand new special award.

Amy Wilcox, winner of the Barry Marks Award, and Taylor Richmond, winner of the Commitment to School Sport Award.

Welcoming guests to the event, Trinity’s director of sport David Potts set the tone for the evening. “In a year which sees the women’s netball and football World Cups, and the men’s cricket and rugby World Cups, it is important that we take the time to celebrate the opportunities that sport brings and the success that can follow,” he said.

“Trinity’s PE staff strive tirelessly to provide our students with the best coaching and fixtures programme we can. Our youngsters engage in what we have to offer and take pride in representing Trinity.

“I am proud to say that, regardless of winning or losing, our students continue to compete with determination, respect and fairness.”

The rest of the PE staff took to the stage, sharing their memories from the past 12 months with stories of endeavour, determination, enjoyment, character and sportsmanship.

Awards were presented to the Players’ Player and Trinity Player for each year group in each sport. One overall prize was awarded for a student voted for by the PE staff who had contributed the most to their particular sport, based on factors such as attitude, leadership, talent and commitment.

The winners of these awards were as follows: Football – Nathaniel Booth (13); Netball – Amy Wilcox (15); Rugby– Joe Sengelow (12); Hockey – Catriona McKenzie-Purdham (13); Cricket – Evan Snook (12); Rounders – Hannah Sanderson (15); Athletics – Daniel Bailey (15); Badminton – Keevé Sprung (14).

Two special awards were made to round off the evening. The first of these was a new award created to recognise a student who gets involved in as many activities as possible.

The first ever winner of the Commitment to School Sport Award was Taylor Richmond (12) who this year has been involved in the school football, rugby, cricket and athletics teams. On top of this he has also completed an FA Football Leaders coaching qualification and competed in numerous House activities.

Revealing the winner, Mr Potts commented: “Taylor is a quiet and humble student who provides leadership with his determination on the pitch and encouragement of his fellow students.”

The final award was the Barry Marks Award. This award was set up to honour Barry, who was a former head of PE at both Thorne Grammar School and Trinity Academy. It is Trinity’s highest accolade and is presented to the student who the PE department feel embodies everything that is good about school sport.

The recipient of the award for 2019 was Amy Wilcox. Amy is an extremely talented all-round sportswoman, having moved from playing in the national basketball leagues with local team Hatfield Fliers, to discovering a love of netball. She has recently been selected for the Leeds Athletic Club, who are in the top four netball teams in the country.

Presenting the award, Mr Potts said: “It is not just Amy’s ability that shines but also her attitude.

“She is incredibly focussed and determined to succeed in everything she does, but alongside this she is humble and supportive of her teammates. We are delighted that we are able to recognise such an exceptional student.”

The Thorne academy boasts a host of sporting alumni who have gone on to achieve national and international success in their chosen fields. Among the most recent are British national road race champion Connor Swift, Team GB swimmer Jarvis Parkinson and international women’s footballer Yasmin Mosby.