A student from TyneMet College has won the Inspirational Student of the Year Award at the AoC Sport National Awards 2015.
Scott Maughan impressed the judges with his passion, grit and sheer determination to succeed in sport.
The event, which took place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, showcased the achievements of students and colleges acknowledged across nine different categories.
There were awards for achievers in specific sports including football and rugby, as well as for projects, individual accomplishments and long-term service in the form of the College Sport Hall of Fame.
As one of the largest sporting competitions in the UK, the AoC Awards celebrates talent in the emerging industry with 16 to 19-year-olds being recognised for their sporting prowess and inspirational feats.
Scott, who has recently finished a course at TyneMet in Level 3 extended diploma in public services, said: “When I was younger I hated exercise, but my dream was to pursue a career in the police force and I was overweight and I knew I needed to change my lifestyle to be successful.
“I embarked on a healthier lifestyle and lost seven stone as a result.
“The college has been really supportive and there are so many opportunities to get involved in, build up your CV and your experience.”
He added: “When I was nominated for the award it was a huge surprise, but I felt very proud and it was a great experience to attend the gala dinner.”
Scott was nominated by the college for his ‘above and beyond’ attitude and his tireless dedication to improve his coaching skills.
He volunteers weekly as part of the healthy club at a local primary school organised by the college and is also part of the coaching team through the NESA (North East Sports Academy) at TyneMet – alongside working for a well-known sports retailer and taking part in a number of games and clubs.
Head of sport at TyneMet, Warick Stephenson, said: “We are extremely delighted for Scott; he is a true inspiration to his peers.
“The award is a brilliant result for Scott – he has been nationally recognised by the AoC for his excellence, which really celebrates the breadth of his achievements.
“He has an excellent future ahead of him and this accolade will not be the last for Scott.”
At the recent TyneMet Student Awards, Scott also won the Overall Student of the Year, recognising his work and achievements.
He said: “This has been a tough but worthwhile journey; I’m enjoying every moment of my time at TyneMet and now hope to pursue a foundation degree at the college where I can continue the practical side of sport with a theory element.”
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