Bourne Grammar School has celebrated a stellar year of sporting success that even left a former Commonwealth decathlon champion speechless.
Retired British athlete Dean Macey, 2006 Commonwealth Games decathlon gold medallist, was the guest of honour at the school’s annual roll call of sporting achievement just a week before the end of term.
An array of trophies, medals, certificates and school colours were presented to the most promising sportsmen and women at Bourne Grammar School in front of proud parents, staff and guests.
Before the prize-giving ceremony, Macey spoke to the audience about his career which also included winning silver at the 1999 World Athletics Championships in Spain, followed by bronze in Canada two years later.
Macey said: “When I consider all these accolades that you’ve achieved and seeing some of the athletes here, you really do have a talented sports department.
“I wasn’t a model student results wise, but out of all the lessons I did attend at school, the most vivid memory was of a man who came into an assembly and said ‘make the most of your school days because they are the best days of your life’.
“What you do now does affect the rest of your days, but you have a lot of awesomeness to come.”
Among those presented with awards by Macey and headmaster Jonathan Maddox were Year 7 student Flo Brill who took the Most Outstanding Performance in Cross Country Award after a stunning season which saw her come third in the 1500m at the English Schools Cup Final earlier in the month.
Year 10 sprinter and long jumper Jasmine Allen took the Tessa Sanderson Award for the Most Outstanding Performance in Athletics during the same week when she was competing at the English Schools Track and Field Championships in Gateshead.
The Andy Brown Basketball Player of the Year trophy went to Year 11’s Joshua Callisto for leading his team to the South East Lincolnshire School title, while there was a Contribution to School Sport Silver Badge for Year 12 student high, long and triple jumper Bethany Denial.
When I consider all these accolades that you’ve achieved and seeing some of the athletes here, you really do have a talented sports departmentRetired British athlete Dean Macey, 2006 Commonwealth Games decathlon gold medallist
But the final awards of the night went to the under-13 girls’ cross country team for Team of the Year after rugby player Adam Castle (Year 12) became only the fourth student ever to be awarded a Contribution to School Sport Gold Badge.
Chris Ray, director of PE and Sport at Bourne Grammar School, said: “Dean spent over an hour and a half coaching and inspiring a small group of students in both the javelin and high jump.
“The positive reactions and progress of the students was clear, with Year 10 student Tom Lavender improving his personal best in the high jump by 10cm in just 45 minutes.
“During the evening, Dean spoke impressively and with great humour about the development of his career.
“His message really was ‘Being a professional athlete is a lot of hard work and an awful lot of things can go wrong’.
“‘But the reason I got to where I did was because I wouldn’t take no for an answer.’”
More than 150 parents attended the sports presentation evening and, at the end, Mr Maddox said: “I was really stunned by Dean Macey’s speech and it was absolutely inspirational.
“When I go into primary schools and talk about Bourne Grammar School, I’m never asked about exam results but I’m always asked about sport.
“At Bourne Grammar School, we have great sporting achievement and a great team of staff who help deliver it.”