Martongate are ‘Top Team’ in hockey

Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, coun David Rudd, Brandon Lino, Harry Burnell, Joshua Messenger, Matthew Temple, Jack Hughes, and Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer Adam Whitehead.

Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, coun David Rudd, Brandon Lino, Harry Burnell, Joshua Messenger, Matthew Temple, Jack Hughes, and Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer Adam Whitehead.

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AN Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer presented young sports stars from Martongate School with a special award for being the East Riding’s ‘Top Team’.

Children from Martongate’s boys hockey team won the title at last week’s Sport and Play Recognition Awards, held at Bridlington Spa and arranged by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The award was presented by swimmer Adam Whitehead, who represented Great Britain in the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and won a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Di Levitt, who coaches the team made up of pupils in years 5 and 6, was delighted the boys had been recognised for their achievements, after the team finished fifth overall at the North of England hockey final last year.

“We’re all very proud of the boys, they have worked hard and are a real credit to the school,” said Di.

“This award was for our 2009-10 team, which did very well to finish fifth in the North of England finals.

“This year, a lot of the same team have carried on and we finished third at the same event, which at their age is the highest level they can play at.”

Martongate were also nominated for the ‘Top School’ award, which they have won for the last three years, but came third on this occasion.