Young athlete Poppy Rowland-Hill from Chilton Primary School in Ramsgate has won the top individual honour at the Thanet primary schools sports awards
Poppy, 11, was presented with her engraved award by champion sprinter and former Olympian John Regis at the ceremony run by Thanet Passport at Margate Winter Gardens.
Poppy, 11, who was nominated by her school, said:
“It was such a big surprise to win. I did not expect and I cried when my name was announced, it was such a shock. It is a big thrill to be presented it by John Regis.”
The Year 6 pupil says her favourite sport is athletics but she also enjoys netball and football.
“It was an honour to represent Chilton at the awards and we are happy that the school did well.”
Chilton’s PE Leader Dave Wheeler said:
“The competition between so many Thanet schools was very tough and it is brilliant for Poppy to be recognised for her all-round sporting achievements with this trophy.”
Emma Knight, the school’s sports coach, added:
“Poppy is a natural. For example, she only started competing in athletics in November and yet she is already ranked fourth in the UK under 13 pentathlon championships, and on her first attempt at 70 metre hurdles she broke the Thanet Athletics Club record.”
Chilton Primary also received the School Games Mark gold award. The School Games Mark is a government-led awards scheme that rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.
Head of School Kate Law said:
“Sport is an important part of our pupils’ lives at Chilton whether it is as individuals or as part of one of our many teams. We encourage everyone to enjoy it and be involved in some way.
“Poppy’s personal achievement is well-deserved and the Gold Mark status is a reflection of the excellent work of our sports team and the way in which we embrace the sport-for-all ethos so fully.”
John Regis MBE Sportsfile:
During his career, he won gold medals in the 200 metres at the 1989 World Indoor Championships and the 1990 European Championships, and a silver medal in the distance at the 1993 World Championships.
He was a member of the British teams which won the gold medal in the 4 × 400 metres relay at the 1991 World Championships, and the silver medal in the 4 × 100 metres relay at the 1988 Olympic Games.
Regis is still the British 200 metres record-holder, which he set in 1994.
Thanet Passport Sportsfile:
Thanet Passport helps organise and supports all primary school sports festivals and competitions across the district featuring around 25 different sports. It has also developed strong links with local clubs.
It states: “Our aim is to get as many Thanet children participating in sport as possible, regardless of ability. Fair play and team work is encouraged at all times, as well as the development of skills. The winners of many of our events go on to represent Thanet at county finals with great success.
Chilton Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School in Broadstairs and Ramsgate Free School.