The day was held at the home of rugby, Twickenham Stadium where Sky Sports Pundit and world champion boxer, Johnny Nelson kicked off the day’s events and led a full day of activities and celebrations alongside twenty amazing Athlete Mentors, including Commonwealth gymnast gold medalists, Craig Heap and Steve Frew and inline skater, Jenna Downing, who have been a part of inspiring the half a million young people who have taken part in Sky Sports Living for Sport.
Of course, it wouldn’t have been a day at Twickenham without everyone getting involved in a spot of rugby, so next up was a skills session with the Athlete Mentors to get everyone warmed up. The students were off in no time, practicing their passing, honing their skills and having fun.
And what better way to put their new skills to the test than with a rugby game on the famous pitch? The teams were picked, the rules were re-capped and the motivational team talks were led by the team coaches – former South Africa international Thinus Delport and World Cup winner Heather Fisher. It was a close game between the Hungry Lions and Tough Titans, and fantastic to see so many students getting involved and showcasing their new skills.
Following the game, it was time to announce the winners of the 11 different Awards this year, including three special Awards which recognise students, teachers and Athlete Mentors who have gone above and beyond to inspire others during the past 14 years of Sky Sports Living for Sport. The judges this year had a particularly tricky job as so many hard-working, inspirational individuals were shortlisted for the various Awards.
The Awards were presented from the Royal Box by Athlete Mentors, led by Maggie Alphonsi, English Rugby world cup winner.
Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust said:
Sky Sports Living for Sport has brought about positive change for so many young people across the country, using athlete mentors to help them grow and develop through sport. The Youth Sport Trust has seen continued empowerment in schools where athlete mentors help influence, shape and inspire opportunities within which young people can grow and teachers can support and steer them through personal and academic improvement.
The Awards and Winners were as follows:
- Project of the Year – Argoed School
- Teacher of the Year – David Butterworth
- Student of the Year for Northern Ireland – Oisin McGurk
- Student of the Year for Republic of Ireland – Mícheál Bollard
- Student of the Year for Wales – Cerys Davies
- Student of the Year for Scotland – Kacey Duffey
- Student of the Year for England and our overall winner for UK and Ireland – Daniel Tedcastle
- Outstanding Contribution by an Athlete Mentor - Rachael Mackenzie
- Outstanding Contribution by a Teacher - Anthony Creaser
- Student Inspirational Journey - Wayne Instrell