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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.
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.
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.
Two students from Year 7, three boys from Year 9 students and another from Year 10 all form part of the Dako Flying Angels gymnastic squad which appeared 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.
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.Local business Frank Keys also pledged to donate £1,000 and the gymnasts themselves raised money to help Dako buy replacement equipment.
YEAR 10 table tennis player Max Stevens is at the top of his game, winning county titles, national events and representing England in an international tournament for the sport.
Academy student Max (14), helped the Senior U18 Boys team secure a bronze medal for England in the Butterfly Schools Invitation Internationals at the end of June – winning 10 singles matches out of 12 and beating two of the top 10 English players and the Scotland number three along the way.
Max (14), who is Nottinghamshire’s U19 county champion and ranked in the national top 10 for U15 boys, trains an average 12 hours a week.
He has trained at the acclaimed Eslov Table Tennis Club in Sweden alongside some of Europe’s top players and coaches and last year competed in the Zagi Ping event in Croatia, winning 16 of his 18 matches.
Such is Max’s success that he was honoured in the Carlton le Willows Sports Personality of the Year Awards last year, receiving an Elite Performance Award in recognition of his success in the sport so far.
CHEERLEADER Megan Bee has had a killer season with her elite team winning first place – and the title National Champions 2018 – in a recent competition.
Year 8 Megan (13), is a member of the Level 5 international elite team EMCA Killer Queens who took the title at the sport’s final competition of the season in Bournemouth in July.
The title marked the end of an amazing season, with the team – the senior team at the East Midlands Cheerleading Academy - making their debut competing in the Cheerleading World Championships in Florida in April.
Performances in competition have been so good this season that the Killer Queens have now won a place to compete in America for the second year running. Once again they will compete against teams from across the world, including USA, Canada, Spain and China.
We wish Megan and her teammates the best of luck.