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 Budding Lewis Hamiltons?
“Be the best you can be, whatever you enjoy” - that was the message from Rio 2016 gold medal-winning hockey captain, Kate Richardson- Walsh,  ve-time Olympian and World champion swimmer, Mark Foster, and former England rugby skipper, Lewis Moody, as Trent College hosted a ‘Night of Legends’ charity Sporting Dinner.
Compered by sports broadcaster, Jill Douglas, the celebrated trio offered words of advice, which helped them achieve at the very top of their sports, captivating more than 200 pupils and guests gathered for the annual dinner.
Earlier in the day, Richardson- Walsh, who was made an OBE after Team GB’s Rio success, checked out the next generation in action as some 40 young pupils from Trent College and its junior school, The Elms, took part in a hockey training session.
With Trent College’s own girls’ teams excelling in both the National outdoor and indoor  nals over the past 12 months, a group of female students then got the chance to meet and quiz the exceptional sportswoman they are all inspired by.
The school’s rugby players were joined by Nottingham Rugby Academy players to enjoy a
Q&A session with 2003 World
Cup winner, Lewis Moody, who captained England at the 2011 World Cup and toured New Zealand with the Lions in 2005.
Amongst the dinner guests were a number of Trent College’s own sports stars, team captains and scholars.
Richardson-Walsh said: “I worked on being the very best I could be and tried to do that every single day. You can’t do more than that, no one will ask any more of you than that. Whatever it is be the very
best you can be at that.”
Moody agreed and concluded with a message to the students: “The reason we all started and the reason we succeeded is because we did something we enjoyed. Too often today kids are pushed in various different directions. If you enjoy something, and want to commit to it, you’re going to want to give it your all and be the best at it.
“I wish you guys all the luck in the world, because you’ve got such bright futures ahead of you. Whether it’s sport or academic, whatever it is you go on to do, Trent College is a wonderful place to start that journey. I’m sure the teachers you have are very proud of all of you. It’s a pleasure being here, thank you.”
All proceeds from this year’s dinner went to Trent College’s Kenyan Schools Partnership and the Trent College Foundation. The event was sponsored by Land Rover, along with partners Wrights specialist roo ng contractors, Skills Group, DFS and Thorntons.
Since 2004 the Trent College community, including The Elms Nursery and Junior School and Trent Parent Association, has raised over £20,000 to support education and infrastructure projects in two rural schools in Kenya.
The Trent College Foundation provides a source of funding for bursaries to widen student access, to help support a number of the school’s capital projects and to directly support a range of teaching and learning projects and extra- curricular activities.
Foster added: “Whatever you do, with sport, with school, with life, commit to it. Don’t be afraid of failure. You never actually fail, you learn from it and move on. Sport is very good for teaching you that.”
The Karting Team from Bancroft’s School, Essex, have safely secured their slot in the London and South East Regional Finals of
this year’s British Schools’ Karting Championships.
On 7 February, the Woodford Green School took 4 teams, each of 3 drivers, to Teamsport Acton for the Regional Quali ers. Twenty four pupils had originally tried
out for the team, and this was narrowed down to the  nal twelve through trials at Brentwood. The top two teams from the Quali ers would proceed to the Regional Finals. The Bancroft’s boys planned each race to optimise results and great teamwork ensured they produced results.
The enthusiasm of current year 13 pupil and team captain
Amir Sampat led to the School introducing a Karting Team three years ago. In their second
year of competing, they reached the National Finals, where they  nished a respectable 15th.
They are hopeful of repeating
the achievement of reaching
the Nationals’ again this year,
but believe they are capable of doing better, Amir and teacher James Foley both maintain that Bancroft’s have their strongest team ever this year. Amir said, “At the practice session, the top nine Bancroft’s racers all  nished within 1⁄2 a second of each other – a clear demonstration of our strength. I am thrilled to have quali ed for the Regional Finals of the British Schools Karting Championship. It has been great to see the progress of the team’s young enthusiastic racers through the years. We hope to repeat last year’s success at the Regional Final in April and book our place in this year’s National Final.”
Cross country competition
Milton Abbey School, Dorset, annual Prep School Cross Country competition took place last month (February) on a sunny winter’s afternoon with the Abbey providing a stunning backdrop
for the many youngsters taking part from nine local Prep Schools.
The Milton Abbey cross country course is well known for providing quite a challenge for competitors with its off track route around
the school grounds and up in to the woods – however the views of the stunning Capability Brown landscape more than make up for the exertion needed and muddy trainers! The schools taking
part were Sandroyd, Hanford, Knighton House, Leweston, Forres Sandle Manor, Sunninghill, Salisbury Cathedral School, Castle Court and Chafyn Grove.
The children competed both individually and as teams and three schools came out as clear winners across all the age group individual and team categories: Hanford, Sandroyd and Forres Sandle Manor.
Legends at sporting dinner
  Pictured: Lewis Moody and Mark Foster (back), Kate Richardson-Walsh (right) with representative Trent College sports team captains and the Head, Mr Bill Pent
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