The celebratory lunch was attended by Sixth Form students, parents, staff and representatives of OS sports clubs, who enjoyed a fascinating and inspiring speech by guest-of-honour Tony Barker (Db 1968-73). Tony was an outstanding sportsman at Shrewsbury and has continued to play sport - particularly football and tennis - at an elite level. He has also combined his passion for sport with his business knowledge as a chartered accountant to set up a sports management company, with four other Old Salopians, which has been fundamental in the establishment and development of world class cricket in Dubai.
During the presentation ceremony, Head of Girls' Sport Nicola Bradburne paid tribute to each of the Sports Award winners for their achievements and contributions to school sport during their years at Shrewsbury.
Winner of The David Spencer Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Boys’ Sport:
Toby has been a committed member of the Boat Club throughout his time at the School. He has made a huge contribution to some excellent results in all the crews he has been part of. In 2013 he was selected to represent Great Britain in the VIII at the annual J16 GB France match and they went on to win their race. In 2014 he narrowly missed out on selection for the GB Junior team but did represent Wales in the Home International Regatta, helping to lead the coxless four to a significant victory.
Winner of the Eleanor Gurden Award for Outstanding Contribution to Girls’ Sport:
Abby has been School Lacrosse Captain for the last two years and is an international lacrosse player, representing Wales U19 for the past few years. She has recently competed in the Home Countries Tournament and will be part of the U19 World Championship squad this July. Abby has been involved in other school sports such as netball, tennis and most recently has been an integral part of the Hunt, competing in national events. Her desire to be the best at everything she does has resulted in Abby using her free time to complete extra training sessions and this demonstrates her high level of motivation and determination.
Sportsman of the Year: JAMIE HUMES
Jamie has had an outstanding season as a 1st XI footballer, scoring goals regularly whilst playing in a difficult role as the lone striker. He was a real handful for all opposition. In cricket, Jamie is a very talented wicketkeeper and middle order batsman. He scores runs at an attractive rate, hitting the ball very hard. Jamie has also represented the School at Fives and recently competed in the Williams Team Cup and at the National Open Championships, after reaching the U15 final three years ago.
Sportswoman of the Year: LETTIE TAY
Lettie has made an important contribution to girls’ rowing at Shrewsbury. Her most impressive result to date was a place in the final in the sculls at last year’s Henley Women’s Regatta. She was selected to represent Wales in the Junior Single and the Senior Women’s Four at the Home Countries Regatta in July. She is taking part in GB trials this year and is working towards gaining selection to represent Great Britain at the Junior World Championships. (Lettie was not present at the lunch, as she was competing in the Birmingham Regatta. Her parents accepted the trophy on her behalf.)
Barker Triple First Award: George Lewis
This is a new award, generously donated by guest-of-honour Tony Barker, and presented for the first time this year. It recognises those who have achieved sporting firsts in at least three sports.
George Lewis is the only member of this year's Upper Sixth to have achieved this feat - which demonstrates how difficult it is. George is a central midfield player for the 1st XI football team; he is the current 1st XI cricket captain, leading from the front as an opening batsman; and he is also Captain of Fives and part of the 1st Pair.
The following pupils were also nominated for Sportsman of the Year and the David Spencer Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sport
The following pupils were also nominated for Sportswoman of the Year and the Eleanor Gurden Award for Outstanding Contribution to Girls’ Sport
Service to Sports Awards
Service to Sports Awards were given to the following pupils, who have all made special contributions to one or more sports in their time at Shrewsbury.
Special mention was also given to the two Sixth Form Sports Scholars, Max McClure (Alex Wilson Scholar) and Oliver Westbury (Cassidy Scholar), whose achievements and commitments to Shrewsbury School Sport over the last two years have been tremendous and who have both proved themselves to be very deserving of their scholarships.