This year’s Sports Presentation was hotly anticipated following a very successful year for the pupils at Maesteg School. Director of Physical Education Emily Scudamore, kicked things off with a warm welcome to pupils and their parents, as well as dignitaries and the special guest speaker, Mr Ryan Jones, WRU Head of Rugby Participation.
Ryan played rugby at the highest level, Captaining Wales and the British & Irish Lions, so it was an honour to welcome him to Maesteg School for a night of celebrating sporting achievement. Pupils gazed on as Ryan addressed the audience, encouraging all in attendance that it is, “Better to have a memory than a dream.”
After Ryan’s inspiring speech, pupils treated us all to a wonderful opening performance, combining song and dance in a variation of traditional and contemporary practise. The award ceremony was now in full swing, with pupils being recognised in their various sporting disciplines.
Midway through proceedings, we were treated to a ‘tumbling display’ by the Maesteg School Gymnastics team before moving on to the prestigious awards of the evening.
Ryan Jones congratulated all of our winners, including Year 12 pupil Angharad Stokes, who picked up ‘Sports Leader of The Year’ award. ‘Team of The Year’ award went to our trophy winning Year 9 Boys Rugby team. The final award of the night went to our ‘Sports Personality,’ Year 11 pupil & gold medallist, Jasmine Hacker Jones.
Director of Physical Education Emily Scudamore was thrilled with the celebrations: “The sporting success of Maesteg School is truly inspirational. The pupils continue to impress us with their talents, hard-work and determination. Thank you to all the staff in PE who work tirelessly with our pupils to encourage and prepare them for competition. I would like to thank Engie who sponsored our event and the dignitaries for their support and presence. Thank you to our guest speaker Ryan Jones for taking time out of his busy schedule to help celebrate the pupils achievements.”