THE third Headlands School Sportsman’s Dinner took place at the Expanse Hotel.
The event celebrates the hard work and success of students individually and as teams in the 2011-2012 school year.
Over 150 invites went to pupils who had taken part in two sports or more consistently all year and the 100 places quickly filled up.
During the run up to the dinner, it was left for the PE staff to tackle the hard decisions of who won what award on the night.
Some of the decisions were easy with clear outright winners, others were difficult with up to eight students in the running to win the awards.
The night was a resounding success, with pupils dressed to impress with a black tie theme, dressed in a variety of dinner suits, shirts and ties, ball dresses and very high heels.
This year pupils were seated around tables named after Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists with their pictures and each of their sporting events.
The awards got underway with each member of staff who ran the team presenting the awards.
Starting with the team awards, the programme progressed through cricket, rounders, badminton, girls’ basketball, biathlon and for the first time, golf. This was followed by gymnastics, athletics, rugby, netball and football.
The sports man and woman from each year group were fiercely fought contests, but the awards of the night go to the Sports Stars of the Year. These are two awards that go to one male and one female.
Teacher Rebecca Hoult said: “They are awarded for consistent hard work, remarkable sporting performances in more than two sports, and also being leaders and role models to others.
“It is a very prestigious award and nobody in school deserved it more than Melanie Liu and Ross Pearson.
“The night was a huge success which was made by the pupils themselves. Without their hard work, effort and determination the dinner would not even exist.
“A big thank you to everyone who supported the night, it was amazing and one that the pupils, staff and I will never forget.”