ATHLETICS: ‘Excellent role model’ full of pride and respect

Lee Addison accepts the Talented Student Bursary from Anthony Grunwell of the Friends of Sir John Gleed School Parents and Friends Association.
Lee Addison accepts the Talented Student Bursary from Anthony Grunwell of the Friends of Sir John Gleed School Parents and Friends Association.
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Evidence of the high regard for Lee Addison, both as a sportsman and student, came in the summer of 2016 when he was awarded a Talented Student Bursary.

The award was made by the Parents and Friends Association at Sir John Gleed School before it became part of the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust last September when it was renamed Spalding Academy.

Lee said: “I didn’t know what the bursary was at the time and I remember shaking hands with the head teacher, PTA members and then pictures were taken.

“Afterwards, I found out that the head of PE had nominated me for the PTA Award because he thought it could help me progress.”

At the time of the award, a school spokesman said: “Lee’s commitment and determination to succeed, alongside his talent, made 
him an outstanding choice for the award and the PFA is pleased to have supported Lee.”

Ian Billinghurst, behavioural lead manager at Spalding Academy, said: “Lee has worked extremely hard in his athletics to achieve and surpass his potential.

“He is committed to training, rain or shine, and takes this seriously by coming to athletics events after school.

“I know that Lee follows the lead of famous sports stars before him and sometimes sacrifices what normal teenagers do to attend extra training sessions and events.

“During the athletics season at school, Lee always attends after-school clubs where he helps and supports his peers by giving them advice on how to improve their own techniques and performances.

“The younger students look up to Lee because he’s very humble, he is respected by his peers and is an excellent role model for our students.

“Lee has been well-supported by the school and we are immensely proud of his achievements so far, not only representing the school in athletics but also participating in football and rugby.

“We are sure that if Lee continues to progress as he has done over the past couple of years, he will continue to break records and ultimately achieve his goals.”