A leading mountaineer has told students to ‘aim high’ after being the guest of honour at Accrington Academy’s annual sports awards.
Hundreds of students packed into the hall to celebrate their sporting success over the past 12 months. The awards were presented by Bonita Norris, who became the youngest British woman to scale Mount Everest back in 2010 aged just 22.
Among those receiving awards were Shannon Astbury for Key Stage 4 Achievement in Sport and PE, Michael Hemmingway for Key Stage 3 Sportsman of the Year, Andrew Benjamin-Hilton for Key Stage 4 Sportsman of the Year, Zoe Demain for Keystage 3 Sportswoman of the Year and Poppy Baron for Keystage 4 Sportswoman of the Year.
The Accrington Academy Sports Personality of the Year was awarded to Connor Johnson.
Principal Andy O’Brien said: “Sport has an incredibly important part to play here at the academy, particularly as it’s one of our specialisms, helping our students develop both mentally and physically.
“The awards are the ideal way to celebrate that and recognise the fantastic achievements of our students.
“We’re also delighted that Bonita Norris has been able to join us as our special guest, helping enthuse our students with tales of her inspirational career.”