Athletes honoured for achievements

Most improved player Nicole Southern and player of the year for Year 10 hockey Tyler McGowan with Jamie Jones-Buchanan of Leeds Rhinos.

Most improved player Nicole Southern and player of the year for Year 10 hockey Tyler McGowan with Jamie Jones-Buchanan of Leeds Rhinos.

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Athletes, players and performers have been honoured at their academy’s annual sports awards dinner celebrating a year of success and achievement.

Students who have excelled in a range of sports at Bede Academy in Blyth, were presented with prizes and treated to dinner at school in the fifth celebration of its kind since the academy opened.

Director of sport Simon McAree said: “Our annual sports awards dinner is a night of celebration in which we look back on the many successes of the past year and reflect on the progress made in so many different sporting activities.”

The students also heard from special guest, Leeds Rhinos player Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who has won six Super League championships and has played for England 14 times.

The special trophy of the evening, the Stannard Award, which is named after Lieutenant RB Stannard, from Blyth, who won the Victoria Cross for in the Second World War for courage and tenacity, was presented to Scott Reynolds.

Academy principal Gwyneth Evans said: “Scott has devoted a significant amount of his own time to our Year 8 rugby team and is an enthusiastic member of a number of sports teams.”

Some of the winners on the night included: Basketballer of the year was Dalton Straughan, cricketer of the year was Jacob Glendinning, trampolining performer of the year as Sophie Robson, and most improved performer of the year was Ethan Sutcliffe.

Fencer of the year was Matthew Butcher, tennis player of the year was Ben Patterson, rugby players of the year were Josh Green, Ryan Hull, Adrian Wray, Richard Harland, Martyn Quinn, Connor Herridge, and netball players of the year were Hannah Greener, Ellie Brooke Tweddle, Lexi Halliburton, Kate Arthur, Bethan Douglas, and Lauren Scott.