Students highly commended at Leeds Sports Awards

Thursday 15 March 2018

Four pupils from The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) are celebrating the award of ‘highly commended’ in their Young Achievers categories at last night’s Leeds Sports Awards, either as individuals or part of a team.

Josephine Dobson, Year 13, was highly commended in the Young Sportswoman category. Josephine won the U20 title in the women’s 63kg class at the 2017 British Weight Lifting (BWL) Junior Championships, despite being aged only 17 and fitting in her training around studying for her A-levels.

Josephine said: “It’s really exciting to be part of the awards evening and feel that Leeds spirit. It’s an achievement to be here as a finalist, I didn’t expect to get this far and be here amongst all these sportspeople I have looked up to.”

Alfie Yates, Year 7, is a national boccia champion who was highly commended in the Young Disability Sportsperson category. Alfie is the current holder of the Heathcoat Cup, a national competition for individuals run by Boccia England. Alfie attends training at his club and an England training academy; however such is his dedication that he regularly puts in an hour or two’s practice in the kitchen at home.

Alfie said: “To be highly commended is really exciting, and it’s thanks to all my coaches who got me to a top level so that I could be here tonight.”

Year 6 pupils Theodore Rosenberg and Joseph Levison are members of the City of Leeds Swimming Club Junior League Team, which was highly commended in the Young Club/Team category. This talented team of boys and girls aged between 9 and 12 became national champions during the last year when they took on swimmers from across the country at the national finals in Corby.

Their national title followed wins in the Yorkshire White Rose League and the northern final. Theodore and Joseph put their success down to training seven days a week, sometimes twice a day!

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