On Thursday 5th July DHS hosted a sports celebration evening to acknowledge the hard work and outstanding achievements of students across a range of sports. They were welcomed with an inspiring quote from basketball superstar Michael Johnson which acknowledges how failure is a part of success. ‘I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.’
It was a fantastic evening for teachers and students to honour the hard work and determination that goes into achieving fantastic results in many different areas of sport. Tom Pickford, Director of PE said ‘The sports celebration evening is a real highlight for both students and staff. It is a great opportunity to bring everyone together and look back at the year and celebrate the many achievements of Durrington High students.’
The evening began by acknowledging the successes of various teams throughout the year, highlighting achievements in netball, football, cricket, boccia, rugby, athletics, basketball and badminton. For full details of these teams please see the presentation here.
There was also an acknowledgement to how the school has embraced the Youth Sports Trust initiative to increase physical activity levels in girls. The year 9 sports leaders that are delivering sessions in local primary schools and the amazing team of 281 students that took part in Worthing’s Race for Life were highlighted.
There was an award for Outstanding Contribution to Sport which was won by year 11 student Eve McKernan. Other nominees were Alistair Lee, Eli Middleton, James Lee, Tom Nederpel, Emily Dore, Taylor Seymour and Zoe Moore. Each year group was then awarded with a sportsman and sportswoman of the year. These went to:
Year 7 – Ava Hudson
Year 8 – Tiffany Davids
Year 9 – Izzy Miller
Year 10 – Caitlin Campbell
Year 11 –Emily Dore
Year 7 – Ben Royall
Year 8 – Harry Cooper
Year 9 – Ethan Muirhead
Year 10 – Levi Martin
Year 11 –Alistair Lee and James Lee
The final award of the evening was to the Team of the Year, which had been voted for by all staff. The nominated teams were U14 girls football team, KS3 boys badminton team, boccia team, year 11 boys basketball team and the U15 girls rugby team. The winners were announced as the year 11 boys basketball team.
It was a fantastic evening which highlighted how strong Durrington High School is in so many areas of sport. The school’s fantastic facilities and the dedication of staff ensure that our students are able to go ‘beyond their best’ every year.