17/06/2013

Setting a Gold Standard

Last Thursday marked what has become one of the highlights of the Park House school year. Students, parents and PE staff all gathered at The Hilton to celebrate a fantastic post-Olympic year of sporting success and achievement in the presence of Team GB Olympic Bronze medal-winning Women’s Hockey star Alex Danson at what is now our ninth annual Sports Awards Evening. Nine! It seems incredible that with the exception of my first summer as Head, we have held this very special event every year since.  The venue may have changed across the years, but the key messages and inspirational achievements of our students have not.    
 
Alex thrilled the packed audience with a genuinely inspirational speech about the wider lessons learned from her personal journey towards London 2012, also sharing her reflections on  how the Olympic values can also shape aspirations and set Gold standard targets in life. She made a brilliant connection between her journey to London 2012 and that of our students, which I know will motivate and inspire them to further success. 
 
Following her speech, Alex went on to present awards to the ‘player’s player’, most improved and outstanding performer from each year group across every sporting discipline.  She had an individual word of praise and encouragement for every student.  Really impressive.
 
The evening culminated in the Sports Personality of the Year Awards for male and female students in each year group.  This proved to be a very special family ‘double’ for brother and sister duo Sam and Jasmine Robinson, who received the Year 7 male and Year 10 female awards respectively!  Congratulations to all this year’s ‘Personalities’ -  Amelia McKay, Sam Robinson, Megan Somerville, Oliver Hewitt, Katherine Langley, Harry Bowness, Jasmine Robinson and Peter Green.
London 2012 was about inspiring a generation through sport.  And we saw plenty of evidence of that on this special evening of celebration.
 
The evening also offered the opportunity for a timely inspirational reminder of the outstanding sporting successes of former such as Tom Croft, who is currently touring Australia with the British Lions Rugby squad and Jonathan Joseph on tour with the England Rugby Team in Argentina.
 
I’ve no doubt that this ‘inspired Park House generation’ will now also go on to set a Gold Standard of achievement for others to follow! Here’s to the next nine years!

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