Over 120 guests attended the annual Sports Awards Dinner which took place at Hampshire Collegiate School (HCS) on Friday 26 June.
The event celebrates the sporting achievements of HCS pupils. Guests were delighted to be able to welcome Olympic athlete, and gold medal winner Jason Gardener as their guest speaker.
Jason gave a fascinating account of competing in the 4 x 100m relay in the 2004 Summer Olympics where he and fellow team mates Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis won the gold medal in the 4 × 100m relay. After the awards there was an opportunity for guests to meet Jason and take a closer look at his gold medal.
Team and individual nominations were presented to HCS pupils by Jason. In addition two special awards were presented. The Richard Martin Cup, is awarded by the HCS PE Department to the pupil who has contributed the most to school sport throughout the year. This includes dedication to all aspects of sporting life as well as being a reliable person, a role model for others and a fantastic ambassador for sport at HCS. This was won by talented all-round sports person Michael Howarth, Year 12.
HCS Sports Personality of the Year 2015, voted for by guests on the night, was won by Lydia Kearney, Year 11. Lydia currently represents Hampshire in both rugby and netball. The other nominees for this award were: Georgie Atkins (U16 Hampshire Hockey Player), Arrun Brar (U18 England Golf), Jack Brar (U18 England Golf), Pippa Cropley (GBR Sailing) and Hattie Rogers (GBR Sailing).