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Olympic hero passes on baton of success to students at ‘Pride of Carter’ Awards

Olympic hero passes on baton of success to students at ‘Pride of Carter’ Awards

Olympian Jason Gardener MBE shared the secrets of his success with students when he was special guest at Carter Community School’s annual ‘Pride of Carter’ Awards.

Jason made his mark at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens as a member of the gold medal winning 4x4 100 metres relay team.  He also took the title of World Indoor Champion at 60 metres in the same year.

On Monday (17th June), Jason helped lead the celebrations for the ‘Pride of Carter’ awards, which recognise and reward exceptional student commitment and achievement.

Held for the third year running at the Lighthouse, Poole Centre for the Arts, the event featured awards across all curriculum areas for Years 7 to 11, with a series of special awards including:


  • Sport Outstanding Achievement Award - William Duff
  • Commitment to Sport and Performance Award - Amelia Percival
  • GirlsSports Personality of the Year - Ebony Hook
  • BoysSports Personality of the Year - Oliver Boswell
  • Sports Team of the Year - Year 8 Girls Football Team
  • Student Council Participation Award - Emily Simmons, Olivia Goldsack and Marios Salagiannis
  • Merit Award - Zak Murphy
  • Digital Leaders Award - Kieran Wareham-Ayles


Entertainment was provided by Sophia Edwards, with a solo rendition of ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman.  There were also performances by Dance Club and a duet by Elexie Ruddy and Eva Wilcock, choreographed by Dance GCSE student Sophie Burbidge.  Fellow student Omar Samer also recited his original poem, Spud,’ which saw him take second place in last week’s Dorset Poetry Slam.

Commenting on the evening, Principal Sam Davidson said:

“Here at Carter Community School, as part of our commitment to provide an Education with Character, we continually strive to bring out the best in our students and who better to help inspire them than an Olympic gold medalist.  A big thank you to Jason for taking the time to support this year’s ‘Pride of Carter’ awards and pass on his winning ways!”


Posted: Jun 19, 2019,
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