The sporting achievements of Richard Huish College students were recognised at the annual Somerset Sport Awards, organised by Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP), on Friday 16th June. This year saw over 100 entries for awards across 14 categories, celebrating the achievements and successes of the inspirational volunteers, great coaches, outstanding athletes and quality clubs from across the County.
The winners and runners-up included four Huish students from a range of categories;
Becca Holder - Contribution to School/College Sport Winner
Becca has been a key figure in the driving of girls sport and activity at Richard Huish College through recruiting and sustaining numerous girls who were classed as typically inactive. The work she has done as part of the College's This Girl Can strategy has been brilliant in getting so many more girls active, a huge success being the introduction of girl’s cricket. A great strength of Becca's is that she constantly puts herself in the shoes of others and has a friendly and approachable manner which all can relate to.
Abigail Sweetland - Young Volunteer of the Year Winner
After being the assistant coach last year Abi has taken on the role of Head Coach of the Minehead U8’s rugby team this year. Abi also manages a small team of volunteer coaches and helps with their Young Rugby Ambassador volunteering. After most matches Abi can be found in the kitchen serving post-match meals or clearing the dressing rooms. She’s worked tirelessly to support the team and the Club, often giving up the opportunity for paid work. She enjoys being with the children and helping them to develop in a sport she loves.
Emily Syme - Sport Performer of the Year Winner
This year has seen Emily thrive with her being selected for Bristol City Ladies on several occasions and being part of their promotion winning team, earning herself a contract for next year in the process. Emily has also represented England U17’s as captain, scoring a goal against favourites Germany leading to an historic 2-1 victory and recently qualifying for the European Elite Competition in the Czech Republic. She is also studying Economics, Psychology and Further Maths for A Levels and the way she is managing elite level sport alongside academics is inspiring, she has been a role model for all those at Huish.
Jamie Edwards - Sport Performer of the Year Runner Up
Jamie has had another eventful year with numerous medals in age-group and senior events. Last summer Jamie joined the prestigious Weir Archer Academy where he now receives coaching from Jenny Archer and six-time Gold Paralympic medallist, David Weir. It also means that he has to travel to Kingston upon Thames every month for training. British Athletics then invited Jamie to Dubai to get his International Classification; this trip resulted in Jamie going from a T33 athlete to a T34. With more events available in the T34 classification, this is great news.
Sports Development Manager, Connor Sidley-Adams commented “The SASP awards are always a brilliant way to celebrate individuals involved with sport and how they impact people across the County. To have so many of our students nominated and winning awards shows how we, not only appreciate the fantastic work that the students do at College, but also across Somerset”.