On Wednesday 27th September, Alec Hunter Academy held it 9th Sports Awards Evening. Over 140 students received their Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Hall of Fame award, for attendance, participation and commitment to school clubs for another year. After the half-time video, the special awards were presented. The most prestigious award, Sportsperson of the Year, went to the most deserving, Kiera Hornsby. Kiera has been to everything and anything related to sport, over the last four years and, with her incredible talent, has played a major part in the success of many teams.
The Most Improved Sportsperson went to Ben Cakebread for KS4 and Sarah Challis for KS3. The Fair Play award went to the current Year 9 Rounders team, and the Most Successful team was awarded to the current Year 11 athl The Most Improved Sportsperson went to Ben Cakebread for KS4 and Sarah Challis for KS3. The Fair Play award went to the current Year 9 Rounders team, and the Most Successful team was awarded to the current Year 11 athletics team, who came 3rd at the District competition.tics team, who came 3rd at the District competition.
The special guest speaker this year was Laura Try, an endurance athlete, who rowed 1,800 miles around the coast of Great Britain in 2017, and is rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in December 2018. Laura was an inspiration to everyone in the audience, and her impressive achievements awed us all. Laura only took up sports four years ago at the age of 30. She started with running, and her own perseverance drove her to keep striving to improve. One day, she decided that she wanted to embark on this rowing journey without any prior experience. This was a struggle for Laura, however, she has proved to the young people in the audience (and their parents) that it is never too late to start sports, however extreme or alternative they may be. Laura explained how she is so much happier with her life now, than when she was occupied by all the material objects in her life.
Laura talked about her journey, not only physical but also the mental preparation prior to the expedition. Laura was amazing at telling us the ins-and-outs of her experience and made it interesting with the videos on the boat and being “in the boys cabin”. Laura made the talk light-hearted and incorporated Mr Lawn, the PE staff and the some of the audience in her demonstration, putting into perspective how small the boat was that she lived on for two months with three others. I’m sure she has enthused many of the students here at Alec Hunter, to do something as incredible. A big thank you to Laura for an astonishing talk, and hopefully we will see you again soon after your next adventure!
Well done to all of the winners, and thank you to the entire PE department for all their extra help, effort and time. As after all, there would be no clubs, fixtures or Sports Awards Evening without them! Thank you to all the parents that attended and for all your help and support. We hope you all enjoyed the night.