Sports Stars Honoured

Thursday 22nd March saw the tenth annual KS4 Sports Awards Evening at The Romsey School. The evening was hosted by the School Sports Council; compered by Year 11 pupils Martha Nelson and Victoria Hutchinson and supported by Sports Council Members Leo Berg, Oliver Cazaly, Kate Baxter and Neve Adams.

The evening opened with a movie showing highlights from the years sporting competitions before Victoria introduced the evening’s guest of honour, GB Judo athlete, Megan Fletcher.

Megan began judo at the age of 5, and became a first Dan black belt at just 15. She won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Megan is currently ranked 40th in the world in the 70kg category by the International Judo Federation and competes for Ireland.

During the evening, team coaches and captains recounted personal memories and highlights of the year before announcing the winners for each sport. Megan then presented them with their awards. After the break the main awards were presented for the Team of the Year, the Sportsman and woman of the year and to the athlete who had made the greatest contribution to PE at The Romsey School.

The Sports Awards for 2018 were: U16 Boys Hockey – Finn Berg, U16 Boys Football – Jonny Palmer, U15 Boys Football – Daniel Raffle, Senior Girls Athlete – Emma Hunter, U16 Boys Badminton – Mark Krysov, U16 Girls Badminton – Emma Hunter, U16 Girls Hockey – Emma Hunter, U16 Boys Cricket – Hugo Smith, Senior Boys Athlete – Jacob Phrachai, U16 Boys Basketball – Samuel Adens, Senior Skier – Stanley Cazaly, Sports Leader – Bryony Legg, U16 Netball – Isobel Lyons, U15 Girls Rugby – Suzanne Darby, Senior Swimmer – Filip Fraczek-Krygier, Cross Country – Polly Sandison, Senior Boys Tennis – Finn Berg, Senior Girls Tennis – Katie Cousens, U16 Girls Football – Zara Vincent, S.T.A.R.S – Stamatoula Raftopoulou, U16 Girls Basketball – Martha Nelson .

The Team of the Year Award was hotly contested. The nominees for the award were the U16 Girls Basketball Team who placed second in the Southampton League; the U16 Boys Hockey Team, the U16 Boys Basketball team who are in the final in the Southampton League 2, the U15 Girls Hockey team and the U16 Boys Football team who reached the quarter finals of the County Cup and the Final of the District Cup.

The award went deservedly to the U16 Boys Football team for their commitment and achievements in the game. The team was represented by Mattheus Kassa, Jay Farrelly, Liam Farrelly, Marcus Rowland, Jacob Rowe, Sam White, Jonathan Palmer, Stanley Cazaly, Josh Harwood, Filip Fraczek-Krygier, Jacob Phrachai, Edward Held, Samuel Hewston, Casper Ruber, Josh Lambrou, Oliver Simmonds and Harry Hounsell.

The Sportswoman of the Year Award was presented by Miss Sherburn, and this year’s winner was Chloe Hayward an extremely talented netball player who represents the County. She is a sports prefect and has also represented the school in just about every other sport imaginable!

The Sportsman of the Year Award was presented by Mr Provan and was awarded for the second year running to Filip Fraczek-Krygier. He is a National Swimming champion who trains between 24 and 30 hours per week. He represents the school in football, and athletics and plays for the County at football.

The final award of the evening was to recognise an outstanding contribution to sport at The Romsey School. This year the deserving recipient was Emma Hunter. Emma is the first sportsperson at the school to achieve her sporting colours in each of her 5 years. She plays in our netball, basketball, football, athletics, badminton, rounders, and tennis teams.

We wish Emma and all the other talented sportsmen and women the very best for the future.

Megan closed the evening by giving pupils and parents an insight into her determination to reach the top of her sport. She revealed that a quote; “The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday” had inspired her and focused her energy and mind-set to be the athlete she is today. Megan then demonstrated her expertise by throwing Year 11 pupil Josh Harwood over her shoulder and onto a crash mat much to the amusement of the audience.

The event was generously sponsored by local school uniform supplier Direct4Logos and Stevensons.