Brighton College’s standout athletes recognised at annual Sports Awards

Denzil Pinto 11:42 01/06/2015
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Take a bow: U15 BSME girls performed well in Abu Dhabi last year.

In what has been a busy season, the achievements of more than 100 pupils were recognised as Brighton College hosted their annual Sports Awards.

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With the Abu Dhabi-based school’s schedule filled with sporting activities across different age groups including football, rugby, cricket and tennis, the teachers were not short of candidates, who excelled in their sports for the past eight months.

The winners were chosen by their respective coaches, while those who showed considerable improvement were also recognised.

Special accolades were also given to top performing pupils of each academic year.

Former British canoeist Simon Wright, who won seven National Championship titles, was the guest of honour. 

Support: Ex-canoeist Wright (l).

Among those to win the top honours were Marko Prinsloo and Rebecca Robitaille, who picked up the Prep Swimmer of the Year and Junior Choreographer awards.
The Under-15 BSME girls’ team’s efforts also didn’t go unnoticed, who put on a strong show in the UAE capital last November.

Hosted by British International School Abu Dhabi, the 12 girls beat international competition from countries including Bahrain and Kuwait, to finish second and third in netball and athletics respectively.

Speaking of the awards, Simon Crane, director of sport at Brighton College, said: “It was great to see such a high percentage of our students do well in this academic year.

“They really put in a lot of hard work in practice and really stepped up when it counted during matches and tournaments. I think the hunger and desire comes down to quality coaching and that the children are young and hungry to succeed.” 

And Crane is keen to keep this trend going when the new academic year begins in September.

“There are already plans to increase the number of staff we have here in the PE department at Brighton College. 

“That way, we can continue to deliver top-quality coaching for the students.”

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