Olympic athlete presents Kennet School sports award

Sixth formers compete for school accolade

John Herring


John Herring


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Olympic athlete presents Kennet School sports award

KENNET School’s Sports Personality evening was attended by an Olympic silver medallist last week.

Pupils, parents, teachers and friends of Kennet School filled the hall where video clips of nominees across all year groups, as well as action shots of some of the school’s most successful teams, were displayed.

The sixth formers contending for the accolade were basketballer Craig Tedridge, county badminton player Alex Wood, county hockey player Tom Quirk, and Ben Blick who has won local, regional and national championships in formula KZ1 Karting

The school said it had a lot to celebrate across a field of sports ranging from rugby, football and hockey to gymnastics, swimming and track and field. 

The evening was presented by Emma Phillimore and Chris Adams of the PE department. 

Olympian Mark Richardson, who won a silver medal in the 4x400m relay at the Atlanta Games in 1996, presented the prizes and complimented the school’s “tremendous energy, enthusiasm and ambition”.

Following an audience vote Mr Blick was named as the winner.

Mr Richardson, congratulated all the individuals on show for their application and attainment and left them with the thought that ‘better never stops’. 

The headmaster, Paul Dick OBE, also congratulated all the performers across the year, the teachers who supported them and thanked Mr Richardson for his words of wisdom, words which apply on the sports field, in the classroom and in life. 

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