Badminton star Donna Kellogg MBE presented pupils in a city school with prizes to celebrate their own sporting successes.
Donna, who hails from Spondon, spent 14 years as a professional player, twice winning European Gold in women's doubles and competing in three Olympic Games.
She was delighted to hand out trophies and certificates to pupils at The Bemrose School, in Uttoxeter New Road, during a special ceremony.
Awards were presented to sporting stars in each year group with Best Female gongs going to Millie O’Hara, Tamanna Singh, Sunita Newar, Chloe Clifton and Kaycee Mainwaring-Blood.
Prizes for male sports stars were given to Liam Brown, Callum Harzon, Nafis Shaikh, Marshall Blakemore and Asim Akram.
And the Team of the Year award was presented to the year nine/10 basketball team.
15-year-old Marshall Blakemore said: “I was presented with the Year 11 Sportsman of the Year Award and I’m also part of the basketball team, so I picked up two prizes.
“I’m really pleased. I love PE and sport, but basketball above all else. I play basketball for Derbyshire and I’m really good at it.
“We have some really good sports teachers here and I love playing rugby here too. It’s great to get a prize for doing something you enjoy.”
The Bemrose School is committed to inspiring sporting stars of the future and work is about to begin on a brand new £1m sports hall.
Several teaching staff have had their own sporting successes too. PE teacher Lia Kellogg plays cricket for Derbyshire Women and was named Young Sports Coach of the Year by the England Cricket Board.
She has played badminton for Derbyshire, represented the county at cricket for a decade and has been a member of the successful Long Eaton United Ladies side.
Examinations officer Richard Weir is still involved in a successful athletics career, winning gold for England in the 3000m at the inaugural Manchester International, winning the Derby 10k three times and taking first place in the 5,000m at the England Athletics Senior Championships.
And executive head teacher Neil Wilkinson has been involved at an international level refereeing basketball matches around the globe – including the men’s final at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2006.
Mr Wilkinson said: “Not all the children who come to our school play sport in their free time, it’s just not part of their regular family life, so it can be a challenge to engage them.
“Encouraging teenagers, particularly girls, to try something new and have confidence in sport isn’t always easy, but it’s important. Rules of sport are often complex and teach us to think tactically.
“Playing different sports encourages us to think one step ahead of our opponent and develops skill such as strategic development, preparation and how to compete – all key life skills.
“I’d like to thank Donna Kellogg, an inspiring role model for all our pupils, for joining us in school and congratulate all our sporting stars of the future.”
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