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King's Athletes Honoured at SASP Sports Awards

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Last month a number of our pupils were nominated for the SASP (Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership) awards, which were hosted at the Somerset County Ground in late October.

Shortlisted for awards in the following categories were: Sam Cobb (Young Sports Performer of the Year), Thomas Tsai (Young Volunteer of the Year), Kitty Messenger (This Girl Can) and Head of Athletics, Richard Llewellyn Eaton (Coach of the Year).

Fifth Form pupil Sam is a consistently successful multi-sports athlete, having competed on the national and international stage for a number of years. His nomination came as no surprise, as the King’s pupils also regularly competes in biathles, triathles, pentathlons, laser-runs, and tetrathlons, in addition to representing Great Britain on a great number of occasions.

Upper Sixth pupil Thomas, who is part of the BTEC Sport and Education course, was nominated for a SASP award as a result of his volunteering efforts. Thomas gives up three hours per week to teach on the community swimming programme, where he delivers four different swimming lessons.

He initially began assisting in the water, helping young children with their swimming lessons and has since completed his level 1 Swimming Teaching Qualification.

Head of Swimming, Lyndsey Hollands, said: “Thomas is always enthusiastic and the swimmers absolutely love him. He is a very skilled teacher, and being a member of the College swim team, has a lot of experience to share. He also volunteers for the Tigers Basketball Club and helps with local badminton clubs.”

Meanwhile, current Fourth Form pupil, Kitty Messenger, received recognition within the ‘This Girl Can’ category. Sponsored by King’s College, this category is a celebration of active women who are ‘doing their thing’, no matter how well they do it! The award supports the nationwide campaign that helps women overcome the fear of judgement.

Kitty was nominated because of her ‘can do’ approach to physical activity. This summer she completed her first triathlon and is keen to complete another in the near future. Kitty has also improved her swimming technique over the past two years, becoming more confident in her strength, mobility and speed.

It was not only the pupils who were representing. Head of Athletics at King’s Schools, Richard Llewelyn-Eaton, was also shortlisted for the Coach of the Year Award. Once a competitive athlete, Richard now uses his knowledge and expertise to coach pupils at King’s, as well as from the local community.

Every year he regularly hosts a number of outreach activities, including cross-country and athletics events, for prep and primary schools across the country. He also coaches at Taunton Athletics Club (TAC), alongside other members of King’s staff.

We can now reveal that Sam was successfully awarded the Young Sports Performer of the Year Award, while worthy-winners Thomas, Kitty and Richard all came runners-up.

Commenting on the evening, Director of Sport, Phil Lewis, said: “To have this group of pupils and staff shortlisted for these prizes was fantastic recognition for the hard work each individual has put in to their sport. King’s is a wonderful environment which creates and offers the flexibility and support that these individuals need. We are very proud of what they have achieved.”

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