Matlock students honoured at Derbyshire Sports Awards

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Matlock’s Highfields School and Wirksworth’s Anthony Gell School had a Derbyshire Schools’ Sports Association Awards to remember at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium.

Highfields had two students highly commended in the Secondary School Young Leader of the Year category in the shape of Andrew Brough and Sarah Needham.

Andrew (17), is a member of the school’s Sports Leadership Academy and a platinum young ambassador.

He has given over 200 hours of volunteering and spent four days at the National School Games in Sheffield, volunteering in table tennis, athletics and volleyball. He also led workshops at the Derbyshire SSP’s Health Champion Day.

Sarah (17) is a member of the school’s Sports Leadership Academy and a platinum young ambassador. She has given over 400 hours of volunteering – including four days at the National School Games in Sheffield – and sits on Highfield School Games organising committee, the Voice of Sport Group and is an Olympic Legacy Leader.

Sarah has also led school assemblies and those in local feeder schools, as well as leading VIPs from across Derbyshire at the Health Champion Day in February.

The Anthony Gell School success story came courtesy of Olivia Holmes and Lewis Hall, who were both highly commended in the Individual Achievement – Non-School Sport category.

Olivia (14), competes in Taekwondo and holds the English, Irish, Scottish and World title for sparring.

Lewis (12), taken part in national motorcross championships such as the Red Bull Pro Nationals and GT Cup, and was the 2013 British Champion in the 65cc class.

He was also chosen by the motor sport governing body ACU to represent Great Britain in an inter-provincial championship in South Africa.

During the evening, the top three in each of the Derbyshire School Games Championships were announced, and the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership – which includes feeder primary schools for Highfields and Anthony Gell School – was the winner of the Derbyshire School Games Primary Competitions Championship.