SHSG Sports Awards Winners
Congratulations to our 2020 Sports Award winners!
July 15th should have been a fantastic evening celebrating the many successes and achievements of Team SHSG. Sadly this didn't go ahead this year however, in order to recognise the outstanding achievements, our PE department still announced the winners. As a school, our sporting success is owed entirely to our talented students and our PE team; Mrs Simpson, Mrs Garnham, Miss Jenkins and Mrs Buscombe, and we are incredibly proud of all of our athletes and teams. We are sorry we didn't get to celebrate with you as intended, but very well done to the nominees and winners of this years awards.
Sportswoman of the Year
Winner: Darcy D (Year 8)
Feisty, skilful and composed are just a few of the words we would use to describe Darcy's stand out performance on the football pitch this year. Darcy is the captain of the u13's football team where she always leads by example with her determined attitude to never give up. Scoring over 20 goals this season, she has helped the team reach the last 8 in the country for the English Schools Cup. She also led the team to success in the Southend United EFL club rounds. Darcy also played an instrumental part in the u15 Sisters in Sport team which made the regional round before lockdown. Her performance turned heads from opposition teachers and our own SHSG girls as she played against girls up to two year groups above.
Away from the school pitch, Darcy has been successful in retaining her place with the Essex Regional Talent squad whilst also being selected for the u14 Essex County Schools team where she scored on her debut. As part of the junior girls cross country team, Darcy showed true grit and determination. This was particularly evident in the National Schools Cross Country Cup Final where Darcy was literally on her knees at the end of the race. She physically could not have given any more. Darcy relishes being part of a team and making her performance count. Her commitment to training, in all weathers, paid dividends for her and her team mates when they finished 6th in the national final.
In all that she does, whether it's on the football pitch, the cross country fields, fitness or in PE lessons, Darcy always competes with a smile and her hair neatly plaited but beneath that angelic look is a feisty athlete who is one to be reckoned with. Congratulations Darcy!
The Sue Simpson Award
Winner: Sophie PH (Year 13)
Sophie is the most unassuming, modest and truly talented young sportswoman. She is determined, hardworking and extremely capable both in the physically and academically.
Sophie's love of Strictly Come Dancing whilst at primary school sparked her interest in dance and has seen her follow that passion to the highest level. Her ballroom dancing is phenomenal. She takes on a totally different persona ont he dance floor and captivates the judges and audience. She travels the length and breadth of the country to train and compete and recently has travelled to France every other weekend to choreograph new dances with her french dance partner. Sophie has danced at the infamous Tower Ballroom in Blackpool and she has been fortunate enough to receive tuition from her idol, Gorka Marquez.
Sophie was a member of the athletics and cross country teams throughout years 7 to 10. Year on year saw her performance improve. Her track times were so deserving and she scored valuable points in helping her team to become four times National Athletics champions.
Sophie has just qualified as a netball umpire and is now umpiring both school and adult league matches.
Sophie studied A Level PE where she made significant contributions to class discussions throughout the two year course. Her enquiring mind and questioning certainly made for some entertaining lessons!
Sophie has already achieved many great things and we are sure that she will achieve many more. She will certainly make a positive impact in the working world.
Team of the Year
Nominees: Junior XC Team, U13 Football Team, U15 Football Team
Winner: Junior Cross Country Team - Amelia, Darcy, Jessica, Liliana, Sienna, Skye & Sophia
Without doubt, cross country is the least glamorous of all the sporting opportunities offered at SHSG, and so it takes a special kind of person to compete successfully in the rain, the mud and over unpredictable courses.
This season, the junior cross country team proved to have the steely characteristics required. They qualified with relative ease for the National Schools Cross Country Cup final. On realising just how hilly the final course was potentially going to be, squad training was relocated to Pier Hill and the cliff gardens. Often in strong winds and rain, the girls could be seen running hard up those hills. Their hard training prepared them all well for the challenges they met at the final course in Derbyshire. The team packed together well and each and every one of them left everything they had on that course. Liliana finished first for the team in 32nd place, Skye in 39th place, Sophia came 41st, Darcy 58th, Sienna 69th and Amelia 72nd. Our reserve Jessica was brilliant at supporting and cheering her team on. The team finished in 6th place out of 24 teams. A fantastic effort which makes them truly deserving of the SHSG 2020 'Team of the Year' Award.