College sports students praised at event

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STUDENTS from TyneMet College have been praised for putting north east sport on the map following a sterling performance at the British Colleges Sport National Championships in Bath.

The borough college’s 28-strong squad more than held their own at the annual gathering of the UK’s most talented sporting students.

And it was the women’s basketball side that led the way, securing silver medals with a second-place finish on a competitive weekend of action.

But all involved have been congratulated following a memorable contest that showcased the region’s most promising rising sports stars.

“All the students were a credit to themselves, the college and the north east region,” said Mark McCutcheon, North-East Academy Sports Co-ordinator.

“They behaved with great maturity, performing very well in each of their competitions.

“For TyneMet to have 28 students involved in the National Finals is a fantastic achievement.

“All the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and this experience has hopefully given them all a good understanding of how hard work, effort and commitment can bring reward.”

The 28-strong TyneMet squad was the college’s biggest ever at the National Championships and the talented Tynesiders shone throughout.

“The women’s basketball team did a fantastic job to reach the final and finish second,” said McCutcheon, highlighting the contributions of Laura Watson, Taylor Rendles, Fiona Gabbitus, Robyn Wallis, Beth Keenan, Claire Pitt and Sarah Lowdon in a strong on-court campaign.

The men’s basketball team – including TyneMet contingent Ross Wilson, Lamar Morrison, Jack Wilson, Darren Crane, Ellory Browne, Jordan Nicholls, Marshall Patterson, Connor Cole, Shane Beadle, Theo Turner, Vlad Bodeaca and Paddy Keheller – finished fifth in their competition.

Nicolle Henry, competing in a strong badminton contest, won four games against highly-rated opponents before finishing fifth.

Further honours followed in the five-a-side football competition, where Scott Knox, Jordan Aplin, Daniel Raisbeck, Liam Kermode, James Gilgallon, David Walby and Martin Atkin helped to secure third place and the praise of their coaches.

“This was a great achievement,” added McCutcheon, delighted at all of Team TyneMet’s performances on a weekend that saw 2,200 students from across the UK putting their skills to the ultimate test.

“Everyone involved did a fantastic job.”

TyneMet’s Joe Danquah was also in action in Bath as a volunteer in his role as National Ambassador for British Colleges Sport, keeping score in the table tennis competition and officiating volleyball games.