Wycombe Abbey Sports Awards 2023

On Sunday 16 April, Wycombe Abbey hosted the annual Sports Awards evening with athletes and parents coming together to celebrate all the sporting success of the past year.

The evening began with drinks and dinner, before a talk from Mrs Bryett-Windle (Director of Sport) which explored how we identify ourselves as athletes. We were also delighted to welcome Maggie Alphonsi MBE, a highly acclaimed English former rugby union player, to speak wonderfully about her career and success; how she set goals as well as the difficulties she faced along the way. Her inspiring talk ended with the message of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and to see pressure as a privilege, rather than something to be feared.

During the evening, I was delighted to have the opportunity to reflect not only on my past year as Sports Captain, but also on my seven years as a sportswoman at Wycombe Abbey. Lara, the new Sports Captain for 2023-2024, then took to the stage to set out her goals for the upcoming year and thanked the outgoing captains. Finally, the presentation of the awards began. From Player of the Seasons to Unsung Hero and Sportsmanship Awards, it was ensured that all successes had the chance to be recognised and honoured.

The event was an amazing opportunity to praise and celebrate the hard work of the past year and made for a delightful evening. A huge thanks go to the hard work of the Sports Department, which made it all possible.

Sports Captain 2022-2023, UVI

The following pupils won special awards during the evening, we would like to share what the Department shared about them.

Ginny, awarded the PE Department Award

The PE staff were asked to nominate girls that exemplified the finest qualities of school sport, not only in their own dedication and attitude, but also in the promotion of others to enjoy and value participation, and to provide an excellent role model. Ginny has shown determination and dedication in her chosen sports throughout her time at School. She truly embodies the values of Wycombe Abbey and is an individual who constantly strives for improvement, both within herself and motivating others to do the same. Her hard work has been well rewarded by earning international caps. Her personable nature and want to help others have seen her assist in coaching younger pupils in both lacrosse and trampolining in recent years. A regular face within the Sports Centre and one that will be missed when she leaves us at the end of this year.

Victoria, awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award

Victoria has been a high-level performer across a number of sports throughout her seven years at Wycombe Abbey. Starting at School in the same year, it has been a privilege to coach her through this time and see what a truly outstanding and inspirational athlete and young woman she has become, both on and off the pitch. An integral part of every team, she has inspired all those around her and always shown commitment to her training; constantly striving to improve. A special moment for her and her family was representing her country at the Senior Lacrosse World Cup last summer, alongside her sister; one that we are all extremely proud of. Her passion for all levels of sport has been clearly demonstrated throughout her time here, be it during PE lessons in UIII, House Games or helping her teams win countless matches and medals in a range of sports, she has always played with passion and enjoyment.

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