The Sports Award Evening was a celebration of both the fabulous numbers of girls participating in sport and the achievements of those competing.

The Sports Hall was transformed once again into an impressive venue for the Awards evening, with full staging and lighting to create the perfect effect, and hundreds of girls and parents attended.

Following a welcome from Mrs French, this year’s Games Captain, Rose Bell, ably guided us through the Awards programme, with the individual Sports Captains confidently presenting their reports, each reporting on the best year in the School’s (NHSG!) history, and girls collected their numerous trophies and awards.

We were thrilled to welcome Amanda Coulson who presented the awards and gave a ‘punchy’ talk. Amanda is one of Britain’s leading female sports stars, who spent almost a decade at the top of the women’s national and international scene, and is now a GB boxing coach. Inspired by an article she read about two 13 year old girls who were the first to take up boxing as a sport, Amanda persuaded Hartlepool Boys Boxing Club to coach her when she was 14. From the start she was determined to show that girls could box. Consequently, she was the first girl in the region to compete in a boxing match.

Amanda talked of how you need to ‘reach your potential by pushing yourself to the limits’. She is still pursuing her dream to reach the Olympics, as a coach.

Following Amanda’s talk, there were congratulations for our individual Sports Award Winners and the new Sports Captains were announced. Congratulations to Hannah Larsen who will be next year’s Games Captain.

Chair of the Council of the GDST, Mr Tim Miller, had travelled to Newcastle to attend the Sports Evening and Celebration of Achievement. He gave the closing address. He recalled that Nelson Mandela had declared that education can change the world and he believes sport can too. He explained how sport had transformed his life and enabled him to travel the world as a Rugby referee. He said he was “stunned by the extraordinary achievements of the girls” and he offered his congratulations to “all the girls that play sport day in, day out and week in and week out.” A fitting end to a wonderful evening.


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