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Sporting success celebrated at the annual sports dinner

Sporting success celebrated at the annual sports dinner

10 May 2018

The sporting community at KES gathered at Cumberwell Park Golf Club earlier this week for the annual sports dinner.  Guest speaker at the event was British athlete and Olympian, Emily Diamond.

Growing up in Bristol, Emily enjoyed most sports as a child. She played county Hockey, competed for England at Rounders, and qualified for the U14 Road to Wimbledon Tennis Finals, which took place at the All England Club, when she was only 11 years old. Emily achieved her first Great Britain Vest in Athletics for the U20 European Championships, while in her final year of school. Having achieved straight A’s at A Level, Emily went on to study at Loughborough University, returning to the area to train fulltime at Bath University. Emily competes across 200m and 400m and was chosen for the 4x400m relay team for London 2012.  Her greatest Olympic moment to date came four years later at Rio 2016 when she won bronze as part of the women’s 4x400m relay. 

During her speech to the 100 guests gathered at the dinner, Emily provided an insight into her life as an elite athlete, and the setbacks she has had to overcome. Looking back at her school days, Emily also gave advice on balancing the demands of sport with academic studies.

After hearing from Emily, the evening moved on to the awards part of the evening, with the following sportsmen and women receiving the honours.


Sportsman of the Year award - Lawrence Wort

Captain of the 1st XV rugby team, Lawrence has been top drawer from start to finish, according to Mr Lilley, Head of Rugby: “After such a good season last year, it was difficult to see how much more Lawrence could improve and add to his game. However, building on much hard work during the 7s season and the South Africa Tour, Lawrence has improved his pace, whilst retaining a massively destructive ball carrying capability. His performance against Beechen Cliff and try from the base of the scrum was simply superb, and I’m delighted that this resulted in his recognition and invitation to the Bath Academy, where he took part in the U18 league after Christmas.”


Sportswoman of the Year - Immy Stringer

Immy Stringer has excelled across the board and been has been a central figure in 1st team hockey since she was in Year 11 and the tennis team since Year 7.  Always a dominant force on the pitch, Immy never gives anything other than her full effort and commitment.  Mr Livesey, Head of Hockey notes: “Immy has been exemplary in terms of her hard work both in training and in matches. She is a tenacious and determined competitor and seems to be inspired by playing against the strongest of opponents. Immy has also been a great example to others – be it younger members of the 1st XI squad or those further down the School.”

Immy’s ability to combine her duties as Head Girl with her academic studies and sporting life was also praised, no more so than in the last year, when her netball career expanded to include playing for Team Bath’s Netball Performance League.


Male Sports Personality of the Year – Joe Brown

Joe has represented both the 1st XV rugby and 1st XI football teams. It is his rugby which stands out and he has been an integral part of the season. He is always very relaxed, no matter the occasion, and this has rubbed off in a positive way on others players around him. Mr Lilley mentions he is very coachable and has delivered everything asked of him. His technical skills, both handling and kicking have been first class, whilst his game awareness and decision-making have been excellent, especially under pressure. Joe can look back on his rugby at KES with true pride.


Female Sports Personality of the Year - Bella Antcliff

Bella has had a fantastic hockey career and has been a key member of the 1st XI squad for three years. This year she took on the role of Captain and it inspired her to put in some outstanding performances in big matches. She was the driving force behind the team's attacking play and always a potent threat with her drag flicking at penalty corners.

Well respected by her peers for her skill on the field and her dedication to establishing a high level of fitness, Bella has also been an inspiring figure for younger players in the School to look up to.  A must in any team, Bella pushes the expectations of herself and others to the next level. She rounds off her time in the Summer term representing the 1st team in tennis as part of the number one pairing, possessing a lethal forehand and a killer serve!


The Lang Jones Award for Sporting Spirit – Holly Davies

Throughout her time at KES, Holly Davies has stood out from the crowd! Holly has captained the first team netball with pride and total dedication this season. She joined KES in the middle school and her impact was quickly felt across all sports team.  With Holly in a team nothing but winning is good enough. Her expectations for herself are of the highest level and there are no short cuts – just hard work, dedication and determination to be the best. This was identified by England Rowing when Holly put herself through the talent identification process and found herself selected to be part of the talent pathway eliminating hundreds of competitors along the way. Holly exemplifies the mantra that success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently. 



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