Swimming star inspires students

Tom Williams and Amy Poad with Charlotte Henshaw
Tom Williams and Amy Poad with Charlotte Henshaw
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PARALYMPIC swimming star Charlotte Henshaw inspired sport mad pupils at Dinnington Comprehensive, at the school’s annual awards night.

The sports presentation was held last Thursday, and European record holder Henshaw was guest of honour.

Megan Wright with Charlotte Henshaw

Megan Wright with Charlotte Henshaw

Students were awarded certificates for attending extra-curricular clubs (bronze, silver and gold) and school colours were dished out to students who have performed in their chosen sports at regional and above levels.

Those receiving colours included British gym acrobatics star Jade Bower, regional sprinter Olivia White, equestrian prospect Bethan Comery and rugby players Will Shelton and Alex Taylor.

School Team of the Year awards went to the Y9 girls hockey squad, and the Y8 rugby team.

Y7 student Rosie Bradshaw was Sportswoman of the Year, along with Sorrell Jenkinson (Y8), Melissa Burgin (Y9) and Amy Poad (Y10).

Sportsman of the Year went to Y7 Alex Newton, Matt Wells (Y8), Callum Hallows (Y9) and Tom Williams (Y10).

The Penny Wainwright Award for endeavour went to Chloe Adshead.

Sports Leader of the Year went to Jessica Inglis and the Gavin Elliott Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and fair play was shared by Megan Wright and Peter French.

PE teacher Dana Abdulkarim paid tribute to Henshaw for investing in the students at the awards night.

She told the Guardian: “Charlotte gave a really inspiring speech and was fantastic with the students, staying for a good hour after the close for photos and letting the students wear her World and European titles.”

“It was a terrific night and a raffle and bun sale made over £300 towards the sports tour fund for the Canada trip in July 2012.”