ATHLETES from the North East Sports Academy (NESA) at TyneMet College have been picking up multiple honours at recent regional sports awards ceremonies.
Jack Wilson, 17, from Heaton, studying on the extended diploma in IT, and Hannah Lewis, 17, from North Shields, studying on the level 3 extended diploma in sport science and exercise, were awarded a Rising Star of Sports Award at the Sport Newcastle Awards Ceremony.
Wilson is a key player in the successful NESA Men’s Basketball Development Centre and is captain of the Newcastle Eagles Under-18 School of Excellence.
Lewishas excelled in judo this year and has won gold at junior and senior levels in British, Welsh and Scottish national competitions.
NESA Athletes were also well represented at the 2012 North Tyneside Sports Awards.
The NESA girls’ basketball team won Team of the Year for their outstanding performances, qualifying for the British Colleges’ National Finals where they knocked out the undefeated champions in the semi-final to finish in second place overall.
Tyrone Elliott, 17, from North Shields, studying on the level 3 extended diploma in sport, was awarded Junior Boys’ Sports Personality of the Year with Wilson named runner-up.
Elliott won gold at the English Open Brazillian Jiu Jitsu championships and in doing so became the youngest person in Europe to hold the purple belt for Brazillian Jiu Jitsu.
NESA footballers Dan Young, 18, from Cramlington, studying on the level 3 extended diploma in sport, and John Grey, 18, from Heaton, studying a foundation degree in sports coaching, claimed runners-up in the Senior Sports Personality of the Year.
Basketball star Lamar Morrison, 18, from Wallsend, studying on the BTEC extended diploma in sport, was also nominated for progressing into the Newcastle Eagles’ first team squad during the season.
Mark McCutcheon, NESA sport co-ordinator, said: “I am delighted that these NESA students have been nominated and in some cases won these prestigious regional awards.
“Their hard work in the classroom and their dedication and commitment to their chosen sporting discipline has certainly paid off, the NESA staff at TyneMet are thrilled to have been able to support, train and coach such talented and motivated students.”