IT HAS been a month of sporting success to savour at St Bede’s Catholic Middle School (Academy), spearheaded by the girls’ hockey teams who became district champions at two age groups.
Both the year seven and eight sides triumphed in the tournament at Woodrush High School and neither team conceded a single goal in any of their matches.
Katie Notley was outstanding in goal for the year eight girls, making a number of very important saves, and Ailish Wiggington, in goal for the first time for the year seven team, played exceptionally well too.
ELSEWHERE, nine-year-old St Bede’s pupil George Rowand recently fought in Milton Keynes for an area title where he won with a unanimous decision.
George is a member of Redditch-based Thaitans Martial Arts Academy.
FORMER St Bede’s pupil Luke Sugg brought delight to the school when he was named England’s Disability Cricketer of the Year at the England Cricket Awards, held alongside a special dinner in the Long Room at Lord’s.
The England Cricketer of the Year Awards recognise the outstanding performances of the players in all formats of international cricket, since May 2014, and Luke was joined at Lord’s by England Men’s Cricketer of the Year Joe Root, Women’s Cricketer of the Year Charlotte Edwards and Development Cricketer of the Year Saqib Mahmood.
Redditch’s Sugg, who is an all-rounder for the Warwickshire Visually Impaired (VI) team, was the outstanding England Disability Cricketer of the Year for 2014/15 after scoring 634 runs – including four centuries – at the 2014 Blind Cricket World Cup in South Africa before Christmas.
His efforts helped England to reach the semi-final stage of the competition and he finished the tournament with a batting average of 126.8.
As part of the awards 25-year-old Sugg nominated Mr Russell as his school mentor having seen the latter have the most impact on his career and Mr Russell was invited as a special guest to this celebration amongst England’s cricketing superstars at HQ.
Mr Russell said: “I was so proud of Luke and it was such an honour to be part of a ceremony including the entire England team and many famous faces past and present.”
Partially-sighted Sugg played and captained the St Bede’s full cricket team, just having an adapted white ball instead of the traditional red ball.
His success started at the school as he led St Bede’s to three district championships in three years as well as a county final.