ISA Athletes of the Term – Autumn Winners 2021

10th December 2021

We are pleased to be able to announce our Autumn 2021 Athletes of the Term Winners! Following some truly inspiring and impressive achievements this term, our winners claimed convincing victories on our Twitter page. This term’s winners are Jack from New Hall School, and Alfie from Akeley Wood Junior School. Congratulations to you both, very worthy winners!

All nominees were invited to join an inspiring Q&A session with GB Athlete Nerys Pearce, kindly provided by Sports for Schools. Athletes had the opportunity to ask Nerys some questions to drive them in their own personal sporting journeys….

Nerys, a multi-sport athlete who has won 10 medals at the Invictus Games and finished fourth at the Commonwealth games, echoed her motto of ‘being better tomorrow than we are today’ to the children in helpful advice to them on maintaining short-term focus in sports training as they look ahead and become at risk of being overwhelmed by long-term targets.

Nerys Pearce speaks to ISA Athlete of the Term Nominees - December 2021

As someone who has achieved great success in multiple sports like powerlifting, athletics, swimming and wheelchair basketball, Nerys also encouraged the students to continue playing all the sports that they enjoy, rather than being forced to commit to some.

Nerys summarised it perfectly as she told the children: “Keep reaching outside of what you think is possible, because you’re discovering another side of yourself.”

Nerys also reminded the pupils of the importance of their schoolwork and crucially, maintaining the balance between study and sport and offered tips on what they should do if they ever feel overwhelmed.

Nerys Pearce speaks to Athlete of the Term nominations
The ISA Athlete of the Term nominees had some brilliant questions for Nerys and received advice on setting sporting goals, maintaining focus, balancing sport and study and also finding time for their own personal interests.

Take a look at the profiles of our Athlete of the Term Winners Alfie and Jack below

Alfie from Akeley Wood School

Alfie was rightly crowned as Junior Athlete of the Term with his particular talents lying in gymnastics and ballet. He trains incredibly hard in elite gymnastics and classical ballet for over 25 hours every week. Alfie has competed in the National Qualifiers competing on the floor, high bar, parallel bars, pommel, rings and vault where he finished first winning gold and gaining a place

in the South Region Gymnastics squad. Alfie is equally as talented in Ballet where he auditioned and gained a place onto the prestigious Tring Parks Classical Ballet Academy with just 10 places given to every 100 children. 

Alfie is currently rehearsing for The English National Ballets, The Nutcracker which he will be performing in at The London Coliseum over Christmas. Most recently, Alfie has auditioned for the musical Billy Elliot where he has been recalled for a second audition in the coming weeks. Alfie works incredibly hard in all aspects of school life despite all of his other commitments and the PE department at Akeley Wood Junior School are very proud of his achievements.

Jack from New Hall School

Jack has deservedly won the Senior Athlete of the Term with his great commitment to swimming in the past 9 months since pools reopened. He has thrown himself into training with enthusiasm and a level of maturity well beyond his age. He swims 8 times a week with 2 gym sessions, early mornings, at lunch times and evenings. All whilst being extremely studious and achieving tops grades in his school work! Such a keen sportsman is he that he also maintains a place in the Saracens rugby academy. But, he has chosen swimming as his ambition and pours his efforts wholeheartedly into the pursuit of excellence. Jack is the oldest member of the New Hall swim academy and provides a shining example to his younger peers. He trains vigorously while maintaining a can-do attitude for the others to follow and look up to. He also captains the swim squad and likes to lead the team from the front. He celebrates in the wins of his team mates, as well as his own.

All this hard work has paid off for Jack.

Since September, he has achieved a great many things, including Essex winter county champion in 8 events, open regional champion in 50m and 200m backstroke and runner up in 100m. ISA Champion for 100m backstroke and freestyle, the latter of which in a record-breaking time. Jack now has his sights set on winter nationals with the hopes of making an open final and being the fastest in his age group.

The Athletes of the Term competition is a termly event on our Twitter page. Teachers can nominate pupils with outstanding contributions to sports both in and outside of their school. We received some fantastic nominations this term, and would like to congratulate all of the nominees and shortlisted athletes for their achievements; the dedication and hard work has been so inspirational to see. ISA schools should be very proud of their pupils.

Special mention to our Autumn Shortlisted Students:

  • Lydia from St Wystan’s School
  • Jonny from Bishop Challoner School
  • Oliver from Clevelands Prep School
  • Adela from Kensington Park School

To view their full stories visit here.