Commitment and effort in PE and school sport was celebrated at the annual Sports Award Assembly at Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe. The assembly for all year groups was an inspiring event with teachers, students and a special guest joining together to commemorate the sporting success of the students during the last year.
The guest speaker was Olympic boxer Natasha Jonas who presented the sports awards and celebrated the commitment, effort and contributions from the students in PE & School Sport.
Natasha Jonas made history by becoming the first ever woman to box for Great Britain after it was decided that female amateur boxing would be involved in the Olympics for the first time. Natasha has gone on to win a silver medal at the European Championships, and represent England at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Natasha is acting as a mentor for the school and is working alongside the students.
Coming from a deprived area to become an elite athlete, Natasha hopes that her story illustrates to young people the importance of having a goal and, that with a lot of dedication, you can achieve anything in life.
“The Sports Assembly is an opportunity to reward those students who worked extremely hard at the various sports offered by the school during the past year,” explained Ms Laura Wild, Head of PE at Saint Paul’s: “The assembly was a great success; it was extremely interesting to listen to Natasha who did a wonderful job of motivating the students.”
Mr Tony Billings, Executive Headteacher at Saint Paul’s, said: “It is very impressive to see how the students get whole heartedly involved with PE and sport and as a result, this has been a good year for sporting success at Saint Paul’s. Our students have put so much energy and enthusiasm into their sports and have been able to reap the rewards of those efforts and have seen their success reflected in the trophies they’ve won.”