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Praise for International Sports Stars at Kettering Buccleuch Academy

Praise for International Sports Stars at Kettering Buccleuch Academy

Three Sixth Form students at the school in Northamptonshire have been making waves with their incredible sporting talents

Students Molly Luthayi, Joseph Humphries and Gracie Murray, all of whom are in the same A Level PE class, are experiencing great success in rugby, wakeboarding and golf respectively. Their ongoing hard work and dedication, both to their studies and their sports, serves as inspiration to students across the academy. Encouraging young people to nurture talents that are unique to them and be persistent in chasing their goals is all part of how the academy strives to deliver an Education with Character.

Rugby player Molly has been involved in the sport since the age of nine, honing her skills at Kettering Rugby Football Club. Following a trial match in December 2021, Molly was selected for the Under-18 England Rugby team for 2022. As well as continuing with her regular training sessions, Molly will be taking part in monthly training camps with the national squad as they prepare for their first match against Scotland next month.

Speaking about her achievement, Molly said:

“I am really excited for this next challenge with England. My family have been my greatest support throughout this journey and I am looking forward to this next opportunity.”

In wakeboarding, Sixth Former Joseph is continuing to make his mark and is set to join the Team GB squad for a special training camp in Mallorca next month. Joseph has been a member of Baston Water Ski Club in Lincolnshire since he was three years old. At the age of 11, he was first selected to represent Team GB when he competed in the European Championships. As a sign of his consistent strength in the sport, Joseph has won the national wakeboarding title every year since 2016.

A third Sixth Former at the academy, Gracie, is making inroads in the world of golf. Gracie began playing golf at the age of 10 and became a member of Kettering Golf Club shortly after. Testament to her talent, Gracie has recently taken up a sports scholarship to study at Mount Mercy University in Iowa, USA once she has completed her studies at KBA.

Stephen Fraher, Assistant Principal at KBA, who last year was crowned World Powerlifting Champion, said:

“All of our students deserve the wonderful opportunities that have been granted to them and it is fantastic to see their talents being recognised. They are each outstanding sportspeople and have shown the drive and determination necessary to make it to an elite level throughout their time at KBA. They have been excellent role models to the younger students across the school and we wish them all the best of luck moving forwards.” 

Dino Di Salvo, Principal at KBA, said:

“Seeing Molly, Joseph and Gracie excel in their respective sports has made the entire school community immensely proud. At KBA, we are committed to providing an Education with Character to all our young people. This means giving each and every one of them the tools and support they need to become confident, well-rounded and successful individuals both now and in the future – and these three Sixth Formers are excellent examples of what this means in practice.”


Posted: Jan 24, 2022,
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