Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in independent education
Gail Emms (left) with student Felicity Wall

Gail Emms MBE visits St Mary's Colchester

Olympic badminton player inspires girls to succeed in sport at St Mary's Sports Awards

Posted by Stephanie Broad | July 22, 2016 | Sports & Leisure

Never give up and always strive to improve was the message to students of St Mary’s School, Colchester, when Olympic Badminton star Gail Emms MBE spoke at the school’s annual Sports Awards Evening on 11 July. 

Gail, silver medallist at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 and gold medallist at the World Championships in 2006, gave an inspiring and humorous speech about her journey to the pinnacle of world badminton. 

“I’ve won a lot of matches and I’ve also lost a lot,” she told girls aged nine to 15 at the event, which recognised the year’s sporting success of teams and individuals at the school.

“The important thing is to use every experience as an opportunity to improve. Your teachers tell me that you put a lot of effort into your sport here at the school and that you have had great success in competition – keep it up!” 

The coaches of the school’s sports teams and year groups then gave a round-up of the year’s sporting events and awards were presented to students for achievement in competitions and fixtures as well as PE lessons, in categories including Team Spirit, Players’ Player, Team of the Year and Sports Personality of the Year. 

St Mary’s sports teams this year won the year eight district basketball competition, while years nine and 10 reached the semi-finals; students achieved first, second and third places in district swimming; the year nine and 10 rounders teams reached the semi-finals; year eight won the district netball competition, year nine reached the semi-finals, while year 10 won the Under-16 B league; and year sevens won the North East Essex School Sport Association cross-country competition. 

www.stmaryscolchester.org.uk    

Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in independent education

Related stories

Sunday Times: St Mary's Colchester UK's 9th best prep school

What can independent schools do to stay strong in 2018?

BESA in conversation with WCBS

How globalisation will ensure independent schools thrive

Independent school partnerships: a winning combination

How to be part of the A-Team

Let's not leave survival to just the fittest

Tomorrow's leaders are ready and waiting

5 lessons in developing a new uniform

A trip of a lifetime

Market place - view all

Hamworthy heating

Hamworthy Heating is a leading British commercial boiler manufacturer...

Compass

Compass Computer Consultants Ltd. has been designing and implement...

Rhino

Rhino is one of the leading rugby brands in the world and has beco...

Led hut

LED lights for home & business. SAVE money with energy efficie...

Jamf software

Solutions for education. Power the digital classroom with Apple an...

NEC

NEC Corporation is one of the world's leading providers of Internet...