Award for service to school sport

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An Ilkeston woman has scooped an award for her services to school sport in Erewash.

Kerry Wheatley, from Chaucer Junior School, Ilkeston, was presented the award at the borough’s school sport partnership awards night.

Mrs Wheatley received her award at the event at Kirk Hallam Community Academy, presented to her by GB medal-winning athlete Will Sharman.

The primary school volunteer said she was stunned to receive the last award of the night.

She said: “It was wonderful of course, but I was totally shocked.

“I love helping with the sports events at Chaucer Junior School.

“I also love to see the fun and enjoyment the events run by the Erewash School Sports Partnership bring to the children.

“I would like to thank them very much for this award, it means a lot.”

The British hurdler also presented honours to schoolchildren and staff from primary and secondary schools across 

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, thanked everyone for turning out to celebrate school sport.

She said: “Our awards are all about school sport and rewarding our children who have represented their schools.

“The pupils work so hard for their schools and they deserve to be recognised and that is what this evening is all about.”

Will, who is patron of Erewash School Sport Partnership, specialises in the 110m hurdles and won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.

He said: “I really like giving out awards to people who have pushed themselves as that is something we share because I like to push 

“I’m always pushing for new goals and as next year is an Olympic year my first goal is to qualify for the Olympics and win a gold medal, so if you follow me I can follow you and we can push to new heights together.

“I have been following the Erewash programme and I’ve seen so much talent come through. It’s been fantastic.

“Keep doing what you’re doing and your future will bright.”

Erewash School Sport Partnership is a group of 45 schools working together to develop PE and sport opportunities for all young people across the borough.

The partnerships aims to engage, motivate and include as many young people as possible in a positive PE and sport experience.