Olympic and World Champion athlete, John Regis MBE, was the guest of honour when the Thanet Primary Association for School Sport, or Thanet Passport as things are more popularly known, held their first awards evening at Margate Winter Gardens.
John, that’s still the British 200 metre record holder and who had been associated with the 4x400m team that won World Championship Gold in 1991, was delighted to present the awards and emphasised in his speech that participating in sport should always be enjoyable.
The event began using a performance of ‘Together’ and ‘World in Union’ through the Upton Junior School choir, prior to Chairman of Thanet Passport, Gary Rees, welcomed the pupils, staff and governors in the 31 primary schools attending, along with representatives from local sports clubs and businesses which sponsor Passport.
Celebrating seven a lot of Thanet Passport, Gary (pictured with John) outlined what has expanded. With annual participation figures which have increased to over 9000 and more than 60 events encompassing different 25 sports, the organisation has continued to develop into an issue that is kind of unique in the country.
Every school received commemorative glass trophy, engineered for any occasion, whilst folks that had achieved the ‘School Games Mark’ also received a framed certificate. There was also winners and highly commended awards in four categories.
School Team in the Year
Highly Commended C Haddon Dene Swim Team (whose relay team achieved 4th put in place the nation’s Championships)
Winner C St Saviour’s Dance Crew (who also performed within the evening and that happen to be Regional Champions and 3rd during the National Street Dance Championships)
Individual Child Sports Personality of your Year
Highly Commended C William Hopkins (pictured with John) from Minster Primary School (who’d not let his cerebral palsy stop him getting involved in cross country, football and swimming and it’s a job model for inclusive sport in Thanet)
Winner C Poppy Rowland-Hill from Chilton Primary School (who broke the Thanet Athletics Club 70m hurdle record and it is currently 4th near your vicinity with the Under 13 Pentathlon)
Most Improved School Sports School of the Year
Highly Commended C St Saviour’s Junior School
Winner C Garlinge Primary School
Sustained Excellence in Sport
Joint winners C Callis Grange Infant & Nursery School and Upton Junior School