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Sports Presentation Evening 2024

20th May 2024

On Friday 17th May, we held our annual Sports Presentation Evening giving us the opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate the success and progress we have achieved as a school community across a multitude of sports.

Over the course of the evening we had the pleasure of listening to all of our Sports captains and representatives delivering their speeches sharing fond memories of their superb accomplishments in Athletics, Tennis, Indoor Cricket, Indoor Hockey, Netball, Hockey, Volleyball & Equestrian. 

We were delighted to welcome Sarah Bellew as our guest speaker for the evening. Sarah is Head of Communication and Engagement at Women in Sport and is responsible for raising the profile of the charity to shine a light on gender inequality in sport and physical activity to inspire change. An award-winning journalist, Sarah has 20 years of experience in media relations, working for national and international media brands, developing and delivering strategic communications and content for both commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Sarah has a life-long love of sport and currently plays Touch rugby for England, through which she’s gained two European gold medals and a World Cup bronze medal.

 

SEASON REPORTS & AWARDS BY TEAM

Athletics 

Thank you to Ellie for delivering the Athletics report.

Congratulations to the following for receiving Athletics awards: Sascha, Annabel, Libby, Emily, Tara, Hettie.

 

Badminton

Thank you to Josie and Jae for delivering the Badminton report.

Congratulations to Lilly-Mae who received the Badminton Cup.

Well done to the following students for receiving Intermediate Colours: Lilly Mae, Ayesha, Sharon, Keira, Saachi.

Senior Colours were awarded to Josie, Jae and Sophia.

 

Cricket

Thank you to Tilly and Isobel who delivered the Cricket report.

The Jan Woolley Cup for excellence in Cricket was awarded to Navya!

Intermediate colours were awarded to Anisha, Annabel, Navya, Rhea, Rhiona, Poppy, Cece, Blythe and Bea.

 

Equestrian

Thank you to Tilly and Isobel who also delivered the Equestrian report.

Well done to Jessica B who was awarded the Equestrian Cup alongside Senior Colours.

 

Outdoor Hockey

Thank you to Lucy for delivering the Outdoor Hockey report.

The Celia Abbott Trophy for excellence at U15 level was awarded to Rosie.

The U15 Players’ Player Cup was awarded to Lottie.

The U16 Players’ Player Cup was awarded to Lucia.

The Jane Mellor Award for excellence and commitment to Hockey went to Lucy.

The Pru Smithies Cup for endeavour at senior level was awarded to Ellie.

The U18 Players’ Player Cup is awarded to Lucy.

Intermediate Colours were awarded to: Gabby, Emily, Izzy, Eve, Charlotte, Grace, Holly, Libby, Lottie, Addi, Rosie, Grace, Poppy, Amber and Elizabeth.

Senior Colours were awarded to: Jemima, Leina, Maddy, Lucia and Gabby.

 

Indoor Hockey

Thank you to Alice for delivering the Indoor Hockey report.

The Indoor Hockey Cup was awarded this year to Alice.

Intermediate Colours were awarded to: Rosie, Charlotte, Kate, Isabella, Freya, Harriet and Frankie.

Senior Colours were awarded to: Alice, Molly, Jemima, Lucia, Gabby and Libby.

 

Volleyball

Thank you to Kate for delivering the Volleyball report.

The William G Morgan Cup for the most valued volleyball player went to Megan.

The Volleyball Cup for the most improved player went to Ellie and Sophia.

Intermediate Colours were awarded to: Harriet, Maddie, Mae, Freya, Maya, Imogen, Saachi, Sharon, Ananya, Fran, Thea, Aarna, Harriet and Jemima P.

Senior Colours were awarded to: Maddy, Harriet, Maddie, Sharon and Saachi.

 

Tennis

Thank you to Molly for delivering the Tennis report.

The Richard Barrass Trophy for outstanding play was awarded to Molly.

Intermediate Colours were awarded to: Nancy, Lucia, Elizabeth, Freya, Ellie, Marcella, Maisie, Annabel, Cece and Savannah.

Senior Colours were awarded to Jemima O, Nancy, Lucia, and Elizabeth.

 

Netball

Thank you to Evie who delivered the Netball report.

The Upper School Netball Cup for excellence was awarded to Ella, Annabel and Charlotte.

U15 Players’ Player Cup was awarded to Charlotte.

U16 Players Player Cup was awarded to Nancy.

The Ann Winterbottom & Catherine Young Netball Cup was awarded to Evie.

U18 Players Player Cup was awarded to Evie.

Intermediate Colours were given to: Charlotte, Sophia, Maya, Grace, Tilly, Amie, Eleanor, Isla, Amelie, Alana and Hettie.

Senior Colours were awarded to: Maddy D, Maddy P, Molly, Ellie and Lillie.

 

SPECIAL AWARDS: 

North Shield for the Outstanding Team Award was presented to U16 National Schools Netball Squad.

Kate L was awarded a special award for her dedication and commitment to Volleyball training despite being injured and unable at times to play in matches. She has demonstrated excellent leadership skills and has shown a willingness to learn and develop her tactical awareness in coaching and training sessions.

 

INDIVIDUAL SPORTING SUCCESSES:

Tilly S

Tilly continues to excel in Table Tennis and she has had another fantastic season. After winning the singles event in the U16 West Yorkshire schools Individual Championships she then progressed to the quarter final stages of the U16 Butterfly National Schools Individual Championships. In team events she has also had continued success with her team winning the girls division 2 of the England Junior British league, making them back to back champions. All this is no mean feat during her GCSE year juggling her sporting commitments alongside her academic studies. We look forward to following her successes next season. 

 

Molly R 

Molly started off her winter tennis season with a bang by winning the U18 and Womens Singles and doubles county championships. In November she was selected to play in the Yorkshire Women’s County cup squad and she remained unbeaten for the whole of the competition. The squad were crowned womens winter national champions beating the likes of Surrey and Kent for the first time in 14 years. Based on Molly’s achievements she was awarded the Headingley Trophy for the best performance and Yorkshire Tennis also presented  her with the award of the most improved girl of the year and the Yorkshire Tennis Presidents award. Based on this she was then invited to play at Wimbledon against the All England Tennis Club. 

Individually Molly has continued to excel in numerous women’s British tour events and currently sits in 5th position nationally in the ranking table. She has also played in ITF events where she was runner up with her doubles partner in the Liverpool and Loughborough Internationals competing and beating other players from different countries. Congratulations on such a successful year. 

 

Libby C 

Libby has been selected for the England Hockey Talent Academy for Yorkshire and the North East where she has been training regularly with the top players from the region to compete for a spot in the squad for the Challenge Cup in the summer. We wish you the best of luck and look forward to your exciting prospects next season.

 

Lucy C and Henny G

Lucy C and Henny G have been key members of the Wakefield Hockey Club Ladies 1st Team, travelling the length of the country on a weekly basis in order to compete in National Division 1. Both players also represented Wakefield in Indoor hockey this season, reaching the National Finals as part of the U18 squad as well as achieving promotion into National Division 1 with the Ladies squad. Henny’s progress within the squad has recently been celebrated with her receiving the 1st XI Most Improved Player of the Season award. She was also selected as part of the England Hockey Talent Academy setup and will be hoping to gain a place in the Challenge Cup squad later this year. 

 

Lilly Mae W 

Lilly Mae has had a great badminton season. She has competed in a variety of tournaments- nationally and internationally and across a range of age groups with some fantastic success along the way. Some of the highlights include Lilly Mae participating at the British World Federation Welsh Senior International, where she, with her partner were the youngest qualifiers, competing in the U17 and U15 National Championships, reaching the semi finals in the U15 French Open, becoming a double gold medalist in the U19 Silver tournament and the U19 Wiltshire Bronze tournament as well as representing school in the National Schools competition. We look forward to seeing what comes next for Lilly Mae!

 

Lucy P

We would like to congratulate and celebrate Lucy’s achievement in her Karate competitions. In November last year she represented England at the International Combat Organisation Championships and achieved a Silver medal in her category. Last weekend Lucy competed for her team Compass Martial Arts in the International Combat Organisation/World Kickboxing Union British International Open Championships in Telford. She competed in 2 categories and came away with a well deserved gold medal! What fantastic results and now alongside her team mate Amelia she has qualified to compete for her country at the ICO World Championships which will take place later this year in Germany. We can’t wait to hear about your success in this sport. 

 

Amelia P

Amelia also competed in the International Combat Organisation Championships where she was part of the England team. She entered 3 categories and achieved 3 medals – bronze, silver and gold in Extreme Musical Forms and Weapons categories. Amelia also competed for her team at the ICO/WKU British International Open Championships.  Here she competed in 4 categories and earned herself 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal after a very long day of competition. Alongside Lucy she has now qualified to compete for her country at the ICO World Championships. Once again it is so fantastic to hear about your results and we look forward to celebrating your upcoming success in the future. 

 

Megan R

Megan’s volleyball journey began at WGHS in Year 10, and within a few weeks it was clear how much she loved the sport and how much potential she had as a player. Megan’s passion for Volleyball led her to joining Leeds Gorse Volleyball club, and after only playing the sport for a couple of years, Megan is now competing in their women’s Yorkshire premiership team, and in the U18 Tier 1 Junior Team. Most notably, this year, Megan and the Junior squad made it into the finals of the Volleyball England Grand Prix tier 1 competition, and Megan had the opportunity to compete at the National Volleyball centre, based in Kettering. Megan and the Leeds Gorse team placed 5th in the country, which is a fantastic achievement. We are all so proud of you Megan, and excited to see where your talent will take you next.

Mrs K Robinson

Director of Sport 

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