Saddleworth School pupils honoured at sports awards

OLIVIA Forster was the winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Sport prize at Saddleworth School’s fourth annual sports awards.

Olivia has been selected for the England Under-14 and U15 basketball teams for the last two seasons and captained both teams.

The 14-year-old has represented England in tournaments in Denmark and Spain as well as at home.

Olivia Forster receives her award from Rachael Muir, curriculum leader for PE

The other nominees for this category were Max Godley, hockey; Harley Edge, badminton; Zach Eckersley, rugby; Ella Didben, handball; Finlay Heydon, archery; Farrah Connor, karate.  

The Kevin Sinfield Award for Outstanding Achievement in GCSE PE was presented to Sophie Southern for gaining the highest marks out of the whole cohort.

Sophie Southern collects her award from sports teacher Gary Melling, left, and State of Mind’s Ian Knott

The event began is 2015 due to the number of awards and accolades students were achieving.

The recent sports awards saw 91 children nominated for a range of awards and 160 parents, friends and family attending.

The evening began with a slideshow of different sporting moments from across the past year, ranging from cheerleaders competing at the UKCA National finals to the charity cricket match between staff and students. 

Some of the awards were presented by special guest Luke Ambler, an ex-professional rugby league player and founder of Andy’s Man Club, a group that helps men deal with mental health issues.

He talked about his journey into professional rugby, his motivations and the reasons he decided to leave, to support mental health in men.

Gary Melling hands over a cheque for £200 to State of Mind’s Ian Knott

The second guest speaker was Ian Knott, another ex-rugby league professional whose decision to leave the sport was taken away from him through injury. He talked about overcoming depression and injury and other ways to stay involved in sport, a positive message in such unfortunate circumstances.

There were also performances given by school dance groups The Parkour Club headed by Tom Redfearn, Infinity Dance, Storm Extreme and by BTEC dance students.

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