Nottingham Emmanuel School students meet Olympian Dr. Tim Brabants

Dr Tim Brabants holding Charlotte Troupe’s Sports Personality of the Year award whilst Charlotte looks after Tim’s Gold Medal!

A spectacular Sports Awards ceremony has taken place at The Nottingham Emmanuel School with special guest speaker, Olympian Gold medal winner, Dr Tim Brabants.

During the evening, approximately 70 awards were given to students who had achieved significant success or showed commitment to a sporting discipline.

Notable winners included Charlotte Troup who won an astonishing 5 awards including Netball, Badminton, Cross Country, Sports Council Member of the Year and finally, Sports Personality of the Year.

Nottingham Emmanuel School’s hall is packed with friends, families and students taking part.
Nottingham Emmanuel School’s hall is packed with friends, families and students taking part.
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Charlotte’s Mother, Mrs Cathy Troup was in the audience and said, “I am really proud of her, she works incredibly hard both inside and outside of school hours in her sports – even getting up at 5 am to go swimming! She gives her everything and it’s really nice to see that recognised tonight.”

But humble Charlotte recognises that her Mother’s support is crucial, “Well she has a keyring that say’s Mum’s Taxi! I didn’t expect to win anything tonight but I was hoping.

My favourite sport is swimming and I quite like my netball, but I do a lot of others including some dancing.” Charlotte says the school is supporting her interests, “All of the teachers at Emmanuel are all really nice and supportive.” When asked whether her sights are set on an Olympic Gold she said, “If I keep working hard, then maybe!”

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Dr Tim Brabants shares his experience with the audience
Dr Tim Brabants shares his experience with the audience

Dr Tim Brabants, special guest speaker on the night gave sage advice to students, gleaned from his career as Great Britain’s most successful canoeist and one of the world’s most accomplished Men’s K1 Sprint kayakers. “I think it is really important not to be afraid of standing out or achieving. It’s all too easy to blend in with everyone else- whether that’s in academic or sports subjects. I don’t think you should be afraid to perform”.
Gareth Clarke Head of PE at The Nottingham Emmanuel School agrees with that advice. “Sport is an extremely varied subject with many options and opportunities for young people to get involved. Too often the key sports like football dominate and students for whom these more popular sports are not areas of strength, often opt out of sport altogether.

It is important as PE teachers that we expose students to a wide range of sports, both in lessons and in competition, in order to inspire them to focus on and develop their health, fitness and wellbeing, both now and into adulthood.” The school, Gareth says, has had an enviable list of successes this year, inside and outside of the school arena.

“Success breeds success! We have had a lot of sporting triumphs in interschool competitions amongst Nottingham City Schools in recent years. This is down to the dedication and commitment of our students and staff. The sports department at Emmanuel are continually providing opportunities for students to practice and compete.”

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Dr Tim Brabants says that the school is fostering the correct atmosphere for students to succeed. “It is important to support students who are trying to achieve something in life. I don’t come from a sporting family and none were doctors either, I just took every opportunity that came my way. I always hope at an event like this that I can connect with at least one person, and that they will go onto do something really good one day. Emmanuel is a nice school and some of the students’ stories are really inspiring to hear.”

Head of PE, Gareth Clarke said that the event is a great opportunity to focus on all the hard work throughout the year. “We are all really pleased with how the evening went. It’s the highlight of our year in the sports department and is a great opportunity to celebrate and congratulate our students for their sporting commitment and achievements. Our special guest, Dr Tim Brabants is a real inspiration to both our students and staff. Not only did he reach the pinnacle of success in his sport; but also, juggled the demands of training and practising as a Doctor! Now that demonstrates how hard work and application pays off!”