A breakfast for the Herald Sports Personality of the Year awards was held at the University of St Mark & St John this week.
Professor Cara Aitchison Vice-Chancellor, Stan Cinnamond Director of Sport at the University, and Paul Burton Editor of The Herald, all made speeches celebrating the passion, talent and achievements in sport within the city.
Young elite athletes from Plymouth discussed the challenges of training to be a professional sportsperson, along with keeping on top of their studies.
Kerenza Bryson, 16, from Plymouth College is a competitor in the Modern Pentathlon and trains at the University’s world-class Sport Centre, as part of the Making a Difference scheme. She said: “School work comes first, and then training, and my school is really supportive.”
She trains alongside Tia Simms-Lymn, 15, a nominee for the awards who competes in Fencing. She said: “It’s great to be nominated for the awards as there are so many talented people in Plymouth.”
“The University of St Mark & St John helps us out by providing membership to the gym, physiotherapy, sports massage, strength and conditioning, as well as supporting my parents with the cost of travel to places like Gwatamala, China, and all over Europe.”
The ‘Making a Difference’ scheme, managed by the University on behalf of the city, provides young elite athletes with assistance to help them with their sporting careers and ambitions without compromising their education.
The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony on Monday February 2 at Plymouth Pavilions. Previous winners have included Plymouth Olympic diving star Tom Daley, the players and staff of Plymouth Argyle, Tamar Trotters, Katherine Endacott, Paul Sturrock, Scott Dann, Scott Drummond and Michaela Breeze.
For more than a decade The Herald Sports Personality of the Year Awards has been recognising excellence in sport.
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