No school newspaper, magazine or website would be complete without stories of pupils or students achieving great things in sport.
Athletes winning medals at county championships, football, cricket or rugby teams lifting a regional title or an individual being successful in national competition can lift a school’s morale enormously.
Parents tell their children about the special school assemblies where it is announced that a friend or classmate has won an international tournament is part of school life.
It will also be part of this year’s Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards, held in association with Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.
The Outstanding Sporting Achievement Award is for an individual or team, either representing a school, a sports club or themselves, that has achieved success in sport at a regional, national or international level.
Norfolk wholesale clothing business Double G Clothing is sponsoring the award to be presented during a gala ceremony at South Holland Centre, Spalding, on Wednesday November 12 at 7pm.
Double G Clothing was set up by business partners Gordon Chilvers and Graham Bennett in 1993, with the benefit of 45 years’ experience in the wholsesale clothing industry between them.
About 25 people are employed at the business’s factory in King’s Lynn and in five shops in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
Double G Clothing also provides embroidery and printing services to its customers, including the NHS, RAF, schools, colleges, universities and sports clubs.
Mr Chilvers said: “We are delighted to have been asked to sponsor the Outstanding Sporting Achievement Award and welcome the opportunity to present the award to the person or team deserving recognition for their achievements in a particular sport thus far.”
Schools in South Holland, Bourne, the Deepings and south of Boston can boast of a number of their students who have excelled at county, regional, national and international levels.
About five weeks ago, Bourne Academy student Kayleigh Adams was the highest placed Briton at the World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Edmonton, Canada, finishing ninth in her age group.
Ashley Sandall, a student at Thomas Cowley High School, Donington, is the national indoor under-17 400 metres champion after setting a personal best in Sheffield earlier this year.
Spalding Grammar School student Jack Bristowe is bidding to win his fourth World Kickboxing Council title in Portugal in November after picking three titles at the US Open kickboxing event in July.
Former Spalding High School student Chloe Hannam is the national 200 metres backstroke champion while another High School student, Tilly Gurney, represented eastern England at the Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester earlier this month.
But it’s your votes that count because, as Lord Sebastian Coe, the mastermind behind the London 2012 Olympic Games, said: “Sport is very important, whether it is getting the right level of sport in schools, competitive sport outside the curriculum or sports participation.”