Spotlight falls on Ellesmere Sporting Stars In County Awards

Ellesmere's national and international stars enjoyed the spotlight at the Shropshire Schools Sports and Athletic Associations award night.

The annual event is held to recognise the talented youngsters who have represented their respective countries. The SSSAA serves Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and is the umbrella organisation which coordinates and supports 14 individual school sports, each with its own associations.

A total of five talented youngsters saw their sporting prowess rewarded with long serving awards also being handed out to Ellesmere cricket academy coach Rod Jones.

There was also a team award to mark the impressive performances from the Under 15 boy's cricket team.

Vice president of the SSSAA Derek Hayward, who has received an MBE for his services to sport, said "to represent your country is an amazing achievement and to have so many from Shropshire is fantastic. School sport in Shropshire is very strong but a lot of this is down to what's done outside of school as well, thanks in part to all the local clubs and coaches".

Roll of Honour

Shannon Davies - rifle shooting, GB and England

Shannon was accepted onto phase two of the British Shooting Olympic programme, target Tokyo. She them, travelled with the British Shooting team to Dortmund, where still aged under-15 she was top Brit and finished in the top 20 in Europe in the U21 category.

Caro Hulme - hockey, Wales

Caro made her debut for Wales U18 against Scotland and Ireland in May and played in the European Championships in Italy. She also competed for Wales at U16 level and plays for the U21 Development squad.

Lottie Hulme - hockey, Wales

Lottie represented Wales U16 Girls Hockey team at the Venlo International Tournament in Holland and then figured for the U18s in the European Championships before being selected for the U21 Development squad.

Tazmin Pugh, swimming, England

Tazmin represented England in the Energy Standard Cup in Italy where she gained three gold's and one silver medal. She achieved the outstanding Swimming Award and took the new regional record. She then went on to compete in the commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa where she won two sliver and four bronze medals. She holds four British and English Junior records.

Ellinor Southward, swimming England

Ellinor represented Team GB at the British Swimming Championships where she came third in her age category in the 200m backstroke and first in the 100m backstroke. She swam for England at the Energy Standard Cup held in Italy, gaining a bronze in the 50m backstroke, silver in the 4x 100 medley relay and gold in the 100 backstroke.

John Beswick Team Award: Under 15 Boys Cricket Team

In the first round of the English School Cricket Association Midlands section, the boys beat Rydal Penrhos and then defeated Wolverhampton Grammar School by nine wickets in the next round. For the first time in the School's History, Ellesmere had progressed to the semi -finals of the ESCA Cup, hosting Oakham School.

After dismissing Oakham for 106, Ellesmere knocked off the runs with six wickets to spare. In the Midlands final Ellesmere were emphatic winners over Warwick School to reach the national semi-final against Manchester grammar school. Manchester grammar restricted Ellesmere to 122 and then won with best 16 balls spare.

15th February 2016  Back to News