Before half term, the Annual Sports Awards Dinner took place to celebrate the achievements of those pupils that have represented the college in our major sports. Just shy of 100 pupils and staff were present on the evening, which began with welcome drinks in the garden room followed by a group photo on the terraces outside mansion.
After being welcomed by the Headmaster, the guests played “Guess the staff member.” This included 10 questions for the chance to win a prize for the table. Questions included “Which member of sports staff has personally met the queen”, “Which member of sports staff has the lowest golf handicap”, along with many other obscure questions and fun facts about the members of staff that have taught and coached the pupils across the year.
After a delicious starter of poppadoms and chutneys, it was time for the next game, a team challenge for each table, and players had to be nominated for the chance to win a prize. The games included a physical challenge (who can wall sit for the longest), a mental challenge (aiming balls into a target under pressure) and a crafting challenge (to make the best sporting instrument out of Plasticine).
After the fun and games the main course was served, a collection of curries, samosas, bhajis and naans, and following this, the first speeches took place, concerning the Summer Term sports of cricket, athletics, rounders & tennis. Each Head of Sport spoke about the contribution, efforts, achievements and goals for their respective teams and also thanked the pupils for giving up so much time and commitment to represent the teams. The members of staff that assist with each of those sports were also thanked. Following this, Miss Greenway spoke about the boys and girls hockey, and Mr Bowden spoke about the rugby. All heads of sport also thanked the Upper 6th pupils and wished them the best of luck as they continue their journey into university or club sport.
After pudding, a short video was played, showing a number of moments from the year. This included serious team photos, fun photos and action videos.
Antony Cook, Director of Sport, then made a speech, centred around motivation, and what drives people to participate in sports, improve our performance and help others. It was the perfect opportunity for Antony to thank all pupils, ground staff, catering and sports staff. “Without them, sport would not take place at Seaford and we would not have achieved what we have in recent years without their efforts, contributions and desires to improve.”
Here’s a small extract from Antony’s speech.
“As individuals we are all different and are motivated in different ways. Some of you will be motivated by a challenge, some by recognition, some by appreciation, and some by quality of performance. No matter what we are motivated by, it pushes us to develop our skills, to increase our fitness, to increase our game understanding/awareness and ultimately to deliver when it matters. Occasionally things may not go to plan, but it is in these times that true motivation and perseverance are seen. Are you the type of person to give up or are you the type of person to reflect on what happened, adapt and continue to work hard? It is important to remember no matter what it takes never give up!”
Finally, the awards were presented.
Sportswoman of the Year was presented to Mairi Donaldson. Mairi has represented the 1st XI hockey, 1st VII netball, 1st IX rounders and 1st VI tennis.
Sportsman of the Year was presented to Fergus Guiry. Fergus has represented the 1st XV rugby, 1st VII rugby.
Services to Seaford Sport was awarded to Alex Harry for his contribution to Seaford Sport. Alex has represented the 1st XV rugby, 1st XI hockey and 1st XI cricket. “He continually gives his all for Seaford and will happily step in as and required for any sporting activity. He is a true Seafordian!” said Antony Cook.
The Bill Cuthbertson ‘Cubby Cup’ was awarded to Loulou Robson, for continued dedication and perseverance. “No matter what is thrown at Loulou she gives 100% at all times and as a consequence has represented the 1st XI hockey, 1st VII netball,” said Antony Cook. “She also captained the Chichester ladies football team and won the county cup, showing how hard she works at all times.”
Overall, it was a fantastic way to celebrate the sporting achievements of the past year. “It was a superb evening and will continue to highlight the direction of Seaford Sport,” said Antony Cook. “2016/2017 has been another impressive year with more pupils representing Seaford Sport and more achievement at all levels. All staff have been exceptional, providing detailed feedback to pupils and always going above and beyond to improve their players, both as individuals and as a team. With the new Sports Hall and Performing Arts Centre due to open soon, the next Academic Year is guaranteed to be an exciting time for Seaford Sport.”