Find out more about the achievements of some of our students.
SIXTH FORMER Luke Duffy had an amazing summer, returning from the Bahamas as a Commonwealth medal winner, only to collect some outstanding GCSE results.
Luke collected a bronze medal in the 1,500 metres at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas in July and said he was delighted for the opportunity to race for his country.
“Going to the Commonwealth Youth Games was unreal. I set is as my main target for this year. The whole thing was just amazing, including wearing the kit, with the England logo, which I had dreamed of representing.
“Crossing the line knowing I had won a medal for my country….was just indescribable.”
Just a few weeks later Luke was back at Carlton le Willows to collect his GCSE results, delighted to find he had secured a 9 – the highest possible grade – in English Language, two 8s (in English Literature and Maths), A* in Science, and two As in drama and sport science. This adds to another three A grades from last year to make a total of nine quality GCSEs.
And the accolades didn’t stop there, for in September Luke was crowned UK School Games Champion – for the second year running - after representing the north of England in the national championship. In fact in 2017 alone Luke has won a silver and indoor gold medal at the England U17s Championships and gold in both the Nottinghamshire County and Schools Cross Country.
Luke, who trains six times a week (more than 10 hours in total) is now juggling his world champion aspirations with full time studies for Biology, Maths and English literature A levels in Sixth Form.
Based on recent performances he is hopeful of making his Senior England debut in European competition in January and to be selected for the World Juniors in Finland in summer 2018. Good luck Luke.
CHEERLEADER Megan Bee will be spending the next few weeks hard at work with her team mates after they were selected to take part in the Cheerleading World Championships in Florida in April.
Dubbed the ‘Cheerleading Olympics’, Year 8 Megan says ‘the Worlds’ are the ultimate in competition with her team Killer Queens – the senior team at the East Midlands Cheerleading Academy (EMCA) – competing for the very first time.
Thirteen-year-old Megan, the youngest in the team, currently trains three times a week for around six hours, but expects that to increase over coming weeks as they fine tune their routine for the competition.
She said: “We have to do a routine that is exactly two minutes 30 seconds long so each move has to be practised so everything is spot on.”
Alongside their extra training, the team have also been hard at work fundraising, in a bid to raise the £2,000 each which attending the Worlds will cost. (There is no funding for cheerleading events as it is not a sport recognised by Sport England).
So far the girls have been holding bake sales and putting on coaching sessions for the younger cheerleaders, but still have some way until they reach their target.
Competing against teams from across the world, including USA, Canada, Spain and China, Megan says EMCA are likely to be the underdogs in the Worlds, but she remains optimistic.
Megan has been cheerleading for the past five years and taken part in numerous competitions around the UK. There are also a number of competitions over coming weeks, all of which could lead to another spot in future world championships.
And with cheerleading designated as an Olympic sport for 2024, cheerleader Megan clearly has it all to play for. We wish her luck!
COMPETITION is plain sailing for Ellie Rush – literally – for the Year 9 sailor competed in her very first international sailing tournament this summer.
Thirteen-year-old Ellie is only in her third season of sailing, but has already been successful in national competition, having come third in the National Mirror Championship in 2016.
And in July, she travelled to Medemblik, in Holland to take part in the Feva World Championships in Holland, a 6-day event, in which she acted as crew on a double handed vessel, the Feva.
Said Ellie: “Sailing is great fun. It’s a sport where you can have fun and do competitions, and because so many people do it you can make lots of friends.”
Ellie, who mainly sails Toppers – single handed boats with a mast , boom and sail - trains at Staunton Harold throughout the winter and as she is now in the EMA squad, she receives coaching from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) professionals.
During the season the teenager spends most of the weekend training on the water, with competitions seeing her spend up to five hours on the water all in one go.
But clearly sailing is in the blood as Ellie’s dad, now a coach for the National Junior Squad for Fevas, has himself won World Championship, three European championship and what Ellie describes as “quite a few” national championship titles.
Ellie says she now has plans to compete in next season’s Topper Nationals, with the ultimate aim of sailing professionally in the future. We will all watch her sporting career with interest.
Synchronised skater Molly Bown has recently returned from Belgium where she and her team mates in the Rocking Robins competed in the International Winter Cup.
Molly has already achieved considerable success with the Rocking Robins clinching the British Champion title at the British Synchronised Skating Championships in Nottingham last year.
But this year, the 15-year-old was competing on a global scale – with her team securing third place in the two-day competition.
Molly explained that this is not the first time she has competed abroad: “I’ve been to a few before. It wasn’t that far away this time, as I’ve been to France before.
And she has more competitions ahead of her: “In January we have the British competition, then afterwards we have Dumfries, but we may also be going to Budapest.”
The Year 10 student has been skating since the age of six, having started locally at the National Ice Centre. It was at the age of eight she finally began competing within the mixed age category team the Rocking Robins.
Molly says she loves competing with the ‘Robins’. She said: “Because we are a team, we are all so close and we get along. It makes the experience loads better to be with your friends."
GYMNASTS from Carlton le Willows were flying high after appearing on the iconic children’s TV show Blue Peter as part of their Sport Relief programme.
Year 7s William Pritchard and Preston Busby, Year 9 students William Redfern, Thomas Primrose, Sonny Chapman and Elliot Parr from Year 10 all form part of the Dako Flying Angels gymnastic squad which appear on the TV show at the end of March.
Their appearance followed a major gymnastics festival in London at the end of last year, where the Dako team’s skills and talents were spotted by TV bosses and featured on Newsround.
But just weeks before the TV appearance, thieves stole the club van, containing thousands of pounds of equipment, putting their Blue Peter show and many other scheduled shows in jeopardy.
Year 10 gymnast Elliot Parr, who also plays ice hockey, staged a sponsored ice marathon – skating the length of a marathon around the Nottingham Ice Arena.
And local business Frank Keys, also pledged to donate £1,000 to help Dako buy replacement equipment. Money raised during Sixth Form Effort Week at the Academy will also go to boost funds for Dako, which has a club ethos of developing team spirit and trust amongst its members.