County honours for the area’s school sports stars

Highly Commended in the Individual Achievement - Non-School Sport category: Joel Leighton, Elliott Caine, Bradley Vickery and Genevieve Somerville. Photo contributed.
Highly Commended in the Individual Achievement - Non-School Sport category: Joel Leighton, Elliott Caine, Bradley Vickery and Genevieve Somerville. Photo contributed.
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TWO Hope Valley College students were among those honoured at the 2012 Derbyshire Schools’ Sports Association (DSSA) Sports Awards.

The event recognised pupils who have achieved county, regional, national or international success in school sport, with a number of individual and team awards presented in front of an audience of 200 guests at The Proact Stadium in Chesterfield.

Karen Shopland, Chair of DSSA, said: “2012 has been a fantastic year for sport, and it was great to see so much talent in Derbyshire’s schools and such enthusiasm for sport.”

Cyclist Tom Craig was highly commended in the Sportsperson of the Year category.

The 15-year-old gained third place in the British Schools Cycling Association National U15 Boys Cyclo-Cross Championship.

Tom was also among several young promising sport stars presented with John Bainbridge Award Grants of £50 each.

Water polo player Joel Leighton was highly commended in the Individual Achievement – Non-School Sport category. Joel, 15, was selected for the Great Britain Boys Water Polo team which competed in the Ukraine in May.

Also highly commended, in the Adult Volunteer of the Year category, were Julia Brownsword, from Taxal and Fernilee Primary School in Whaley Bridge, and Ian Hamilton from New Mills School.