Churchill Academy

Sports Awards Evening 2019

Churchill Academy & Sixth Form's annual Sports Awards Evening celebrated the achievements and efforts of our young sportswomen and sportsmen for the fourth year on Thursday evening. Nearly three hundred students, all of whom had taken part in Academy sports over the past year, attended the glamorous event held at the DoubleTree Hilton Cadbury House.

The guest speaker this year was Gemma Nash, an ex-Churchill student who now hosts the sports desk on Sky News. Gemma gave an inspiring speech, telling students how she had taken part in sports throughout her time at Churchill, including house matches for Hanover House. She spoke of how Sports Studies lessons in the Sixth Form inspired her to take a Sports Journalism degree, which led her to her current career where she has interviewed many famous sports stars, including her favourite Thierry Henry! She also spoke about how students shouldn't let gender, family background, or income be a barrier to pursuing their dreams.

After an excellent meal, the prizes were handed out. Awards were given for excellence in rugby, netball, football, hockey, cricket, rounders, athletics. golf, and the hotly contested Team of the Year. The Sports Values Awards went to Sophie Stone (Kindness), Finley Hay (Curiosity), and Alex Wahab (Determination). Finally, the much anticipated Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year trophy was awarded to Joe Palmer and Mary Hemmings.

Many congratulations to all the award winners, and thanks to all the staff and students for another excellent year of sport at Churchill. Roll on Sports Awards 2020!