The Gryphon School Sports Awards
The Gryphon School Sports Awards evening is in its 9th annual year where the PE Department celebrate and recognise all of the sporting successes that have taken place throughout the year, both inside and outside of school. This year’s event was a truly magical evening with well over 200 guests attending. These included, teachers, students, parents and guests who were all able to celebrate and enjoy the event which was held at The Digby Hall, Sherborne.
The guest speaker for the evening was Paralympian Ben Rushgrove. Ben competed in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Paralympic games, running in the 100m and 200m. He was also the first ever athlete in his classification to run the 200m in under 25 seconds. Ben gave an inspirational speech which really held truth with the whole audience. His natural wit and personality allowed him to hold the entire audience in moments of silence and admiration as well as laughter. Ben focused very much on the things which affect us all. He said “You should focus on the things you have control over and not on the things that you cannot control.” By regaling stories about his experiences at the Paralympic Games he gave a memorable account of how the Jamaican 4 x 100m relay team warm up for the event, as well as fielding questions from the audience. Students and parents alike found him thoroughly engaging and loved the fact that he allowed them all to have a look at his bronze and silver medals.
The awards on the evening were given to students form all different sports and the Physical Education Department gave an account of each and every individuals story which was well received. Awards were given to Players of the Year in all major sports, as well as recognising those who show true dedication to sport at school, and to the pupils who have earned representative honours in their respective sports. The top awards on the evening were given to the Year 7/8 Girls football team for the Team of the Year, Amy Northam for Individual Performer of the Year, and Junior Girls Sports Personality, Christopher Reed for Junior Boys Sports Personality, Amie Lockwood for Senior Girls Sports Personality and Harry Morris for Senior Boys Sports Personality.
The event has always been well attended and well received by parents and students alike, but this year the whole evening was a real celebration of everything that surrounds the sporting arena. Grace Fahy, in Year 10, sang a wonderful piece by Heather Small, “Proud” which really encapsulated how everyone felt during the evening. Alan Cummings, Head of PE and Sport, closed the evening thanking everyone for their efforts and also said “It was a fantastic evening and demonstrates just how many talented young people we have at The Gryphon School. Ben was a real inspiration to each and every one of us and shows how far we can get in sport if we focus on the little things that matter”.