Highfields students impress at awards

Joshua Haynes, Matlock sailor.
Joshua Haynes, Matlock sailor.

THE sporting achievements of pupils at Highfields School in Matlock have been honoured at the Derbyshire Schools’ Sports Association Sports Awards.

The event recognises volunteers involved in school sport and pupils who have achieved county, regional, national or international success in school sport, and among the pupils to be recognised were Joshua Haynes, Sam Mak, Maisie Packard and Alice Woodings.

Joshua Haynes was highly commended in the Sportsperson of the Year category after retaining his Slow Handicap National Champion status at the 2011 NSSA National Youth Regatta and becoming the Derbyshire Youth Sailing Intermediate County Champion.

Alice Woodings was commended in the same category. She has sailed for Great Britain for two years, and was most recently selected as a member of the Laser Radial Team for the World Championships.

The DSSA Awards were held at Pride Park Stadium in Derby, where a number of individual and team awards were presented in front of an audience of 200 guests.

The event also saw Sam Mak and Maisie Packard highly commended for their outstanding contribution to volunteering.

Sam is a member of the UK National Young Ambassador Steering Group and Maisie has completed more than 150 hours of volunteering this year, working both in school and in the community, including at Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club. In addition, Highfields pupil Alice Spencer was a member of the highly commended Derbyshire Girls JAC under 17s hockey team, as was Hollie Smedley from Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth.

Several young promising sport stars were also presented with John Bainbridge Award Grants of £50 each. They included Joshua Haynes.

The grants are awarded annually in memory of John Bainbridge, who died in 2004 aged 51.

John was head of sport and recreation at Wilsthorpe Community School in Long Eaton and played a leading role in setting up the Derbyshire Schools’ Sports Association Sports Awards.

Suzanne Meeham, chairman of DSSA, said: “2010-11 was another fantastic year for school sport in Derbyshire and my congratulations go to all those who were shortlisted. The talent and achievement demonstrated by the young people across the county never fails to amaze me, and with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games just around the corner, hopefully our sporting youngsters will be motivated to continue to perform at the highest level.”