Wolves players honour Priestley’s rising stars

TWO Warrington Wolves players honoured some of the stars of the future at Priestley College’s annual Sports Awards.

Toby King and Jack Johnson presented the awards, which recognised the achievements of Priestley students on pitches, courts and in pools including at international level.

“It was great to spend time at Priestley and meet some of the college’s dedicated sportsmen and women,” said Toby.

“Not only is there a lot of talent, but they are also young people committed to achieving their academic goals as well, which is so important for people going into sport.”

Among those to receive honours on the day were Harry Wilkinson and Annabel Rodgers who were named Priestley’s Sports Personalities of the Year.

Harry, who attended Helsby High School, and former Hope Academy pupil Annabel were shortlisted by tutors then voted for by their peers.

Among Harry’s achievements in rugby over the past year was a first England cap while Annabel impressed on the football pitch.

“I have played well this year and have always tried my best, but most of all I have enjoyed it,” said Annabel, who studies BTEC Sport and A-Level English Literature and Language.

Priestley’s Team of the Year was its rugby players who were crowned North West champions, but competition was fierce.

In a year of unparalleled success for the college, its basketball, volleyball, ladies’ football and swimming teams were all regional champions.

It was also a good year for the college’s footballers, several of whom have received offers to study at American universities after they went on a US tour in February.

During the ceremony awards were handed out to students competing in sports as varied as judo, athletics and netball.

There was also recognition for academic achievements including Mick Mitchell in Sport and Exercise Science as well as Beth Cox in BTEC Sport.

Nigel Howells, Head of Sport at Priestley, said: “The awards are the result of years of dedication by students to their sport and not just their achievements over the past 12 months.

“It is a proud moment for us, their parents, but mostly for the students themselves.”