A fourteen year old from Witchford Village College took centre stage at a major sporting event this week.
Jess Lonnen was successful in her application as one of two young event hosts at the School Games National Summit 2018 for the Youth Sports Trust. The prestigious celebration lunch took place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry with an audience of around 700 people.
Jess has always loved sport, particularly horse riding and netball. At Witchford Village College she is keen to get involved in any sporting activity and is a strong Sports Ambassador and Leader, encouraging younger students (at WVC and feeder Primary Schools) to take part in sport. She is a member of our Sports Committee and helps run the College Netball Club. In the past Jess has competed in School Games Summer Festivals and admired the Young Ambassadors presenting at the Opening Ceremony. This Summer, she was given the opportunity to do this and made such an impression that her former Head of PE suggested she apply for the Young Hosts Development Program, resulting in her hosting this National event.
The event is a meeting of School Games Organisers from around the Country to discuss School Games, hear inspirational speeches and take part in an awards ceremony. This year the organisation enabled 2.3 million participation opportunities for young people at interschool events across the Country. Former International Sprinter Jeanette Kwakye introduced the event and the Keynote speaker was Alex Gregory who shared the story of his sporting journey. He is a double Olympic gold medal winner in Coxless 4’s, from London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sports Trust, felt that Jess had done a fantastic job and her personality had shone through. After the event, many participants had commented on the amazing job she had done. Suzy Broadhead, Development Manager of the Youth Sports Trust said, ‘I hope you will use the experience to fuel your ongoing interest in both sport and presenting as I believe you will both go far and many more opportunities will come your way.’
Press release from Witchford Village College