Sports teacher Amelia Wooding writes: After another triumphant year on the pitches, courts, tracks, slopes, and fields, the St Swithun’s teams gathered for a night of sports and sparkles, hosted by the P.E. department.
The girls eagerly listened to words of advice from guest speaker, Olympic synchronised swimmer Carolyn MacDonald, who spoke inspiringly of her time at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Carolyn outlined how she often felt daunted and nervous, but stressed that nerves are good as they ensure you put maximum effort into your training. She explained how she is excited and proud to be back in the pool as an athlete of 50+ to train for this summer’s European Masters Championships.
In between delicious dinner courses girls received awards for each team’s ‘Player of the Season’, ‘Most Improved Player’, and ‘Spirit of the Team’.
After a wonderful match tea pudding, the U13A lacrosse team were delighted to be announced as team of the year. Tink Manton-Jones U6, Emma Bennett U6, and Tallulah Jeffes L5, were each recognised for their exemplary seasons in their respective sports of lacrosse and athletics, by being named ‘Sports Woman of the Year’ in the senior and junior categories respectively.
This year we were also delighted to unveil a new annual prize: the ‘Allegra Whittome Spirit Award’. This is presented to a girl who displays sportsmanship and commitment, whilst showing passion and encouragement to her fellow teammates. This year’s recipients, Lucy Jonas L6 and Siobhan Tainton L5, have both demonstrated these qualities.
Thank you to all the girls who attended, and to all those who worked behind the scenes, including this year’s sports captains Tink Manton-Jones and Megan Jolleys U6, for making the evening such a success. Congratulations to all for such an excellent season.
U13A Lacrosse team