Awards celebrate young sports talent

Dermot Gascoyne and Lisa Dobriskey were the special guests at the Erewash School Sport Partnership awards. They are pictured with student Alex King
Dermot Gascoyne and Lisa Dobriskey were the special guests at the Erewash School Sport Partnership awards. They are pictured with student Alex King

More than 100 nominations were received for volunteers, teams and individuals at Erewash School Sports Awards.

The event was organised by Erewash School Sport Partnership and Erewash School Sport Association and held at The Long Eaton School.

Athlete Lisa Dobriskey, a 1500m runner athlete who has won Gold at the Commonwealth Games and competed at the Olympics, and Dermot Gascoyne, an ex-international boxer, were the guest speakers.

Lisa described her battle with injury and health problems and how she came fourth at the Bejing Olympics.

She said: “I think we are often led to believe that winning is everything but it’s not.

“It’s about how you apply yourself and as long as you can say that you gave it all 100 per cent then that is your success.”

Dermot Gascoyne talked about his career, which saw him spar with Frank Bruno, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield.

He said: “Sport prepares you for life, you have to be resilient.

“The key to sport and life is how you respond to tough times and if you quit, you quit forever.”

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, thanked all the nominees and winners recognised at the event and talked about the partnership’s work over the past year.

She told the audience that the partnership had organised 140 competitions in which there were 6,500 participants, 77 teams had competed in county finals and tournaments and 46 teams took part in regional and national tournaments.

A total of 350 primary and secondary school leaders and young ambassadors helped to organise events and 118 teachers attended training sessions.

A total of 50 Year 5 and 6 pupils also attended the partnership’s Shooting Stars programme for gifted and talented youngsters.

She said: “It’s been a fantastic year and these statistics are testament to that but the best measure for us is all the smiling young faces that we see when we are out and about organising events across all schools in Erewash.

“The awards give volunteers and students of all ages and abilities the chance to shine and receive the recognition they deserve for all their hard work.”

In the Primary section the winners were: Sports Team – Scargill Quad Kids; Individual Girl – Lois Atkin from Scargill Primary; Individual Boy – Fran Higton-Durrant from Scargill; SEN Performer Primary – Faye Walker from Shardlow Primary School; Young Leaders Award – Shardlow Primary Young Ambassadors.

In the Secondary section the winners were: SEN Performer – Alex King from Kirk Hallam; Individual Boy – Leroy Keeling from The Long Eaton School; Secondary Girl – Megan Bruce from Kirk Hallam; Sporting Endeavour – Beth Clutterbuck-Allen from The Long Eaton School; Young Leader – Gareth Griffiths from The Long Eaton School.

The Service to Sport award went to Chris Brookes, who is the chairman of Long Eaton Rugby Club.

Erewash School Sport Partnership is a group of 46 schools working together to develop PE and sport opportunities for all young people. Its core priority is to improve the quality and quantity of PE and sport in schools.

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