Senior Sports Awards 2019

On Saturday 11th May we hosted our annual Senior Sports Awards. This is an opportunity for the School to recognise those pupils who made a real impact to the sporting life at school. The evening was a black tie event and kicked off with a drinks reception for the Upper Sixth pupils as a thank you for all their efforts throughout their time at school.  Year 11 and Lower Sixth joined us from 19:00 to continue the celebrations.

The TA Hall looked superb and was full of our pupils who had done so much over the course of the year. As dinner was served, we were very lucky to be joined by Heather Fell, Olympian and Silver medallist at Beijing for the Modern Pentathlon. During dinner the pupils and staff alike shared stories from the challenges and successes that had gone before.

Mr Watts addressed the pupils speaking highly of them all as a group, the standards they have set themselves and the challenges and goals that lie ahead. It was fantastic to see the pupils at their finest, and the eagerly awaited awards would now be presented.

Heather was invited to present each award and as the awards were handed out one by one the tension was building to see who would win what. (list of all the winners below).

Once each individual award had been presented we were lucky to have Heather give a real insight into her challenges to get to where she was, and the achievements and disappointments she had had along the way. The key focus in her message was, that you are able to be multi-talented, but talented people still have to work hard, have focus and take advice along the way. Even elite performers fail, and she openly talked about times she had failed and how she had learned from this. I hope our pupils really took on board what she was saying, as we have high standards and expectations from all our pupils and we hope some go on to reach similar levels as Heather did.

As with every awards evening, there are always some awards that have everyone’s attention. These are the Boys and Girls Services to Sport award, the team of the year and this year a new award. The Symington Trophy was presented by Sara Symington, an Old Verlucian, three time Olympian and current Performance Director at England Netball. Sara wanted to donate a trophy to be awarded to a pupil that went above and beyond. Someone that wasn’t necessarily always the best, but someone that epitomised the Warminster community spirit and really got fully involved.

Tim Watts, Director of Sport said, "It was an honour to present Robbie Maclean and Hattie Dunn the Services to Sport Award, the 1st XV Rugby Team the Team of the Year award and Lucie Brinker the inaugural winner of the Symington Trophy. All three pupils have been exceptional both on and off the playing field, and have been true ambassadors for Warminster Sport. I would personally like to thank all our pupils who represent the School and give their best to achieve success. Success isn’t always possible, but our aim is to ensure pupils have opportunities and enjoy their experiences. A huge thank you must go to our grounds and catering team, who provide us with amazing pitches to play on and the best match teas around to refuel us all. We look forward to the challenges next year brings and wish all those pupils leaving us the best for whatever lies ahead."

*Watch our new dedicated sport film DREAM REACHING