The result of the 2020 Caterham Rotary Sporting Excellence Award has just been announced.

Rotarian Sarah Berke who organised this year’s Award commented  “the standard of applications submitted was very high and the three judges were unanimous in deciding that the Award should be shared this year between 3 local  students who are excelling in their respective sports.”

The students, Mina Darwin ( Caterham School) Alex Sewell (Woldingham  School) and Josh Dolling  (de Stafford School) have each received a  prize of £200 and all 3 will be using the money to further enhance their personal development in their sports.

Mina in action above playing for Scotland!

Mina is a highly talented sports student who captains the Caterham School netball Under 15A team competing at both county and national level. In lacrosse she is the youngest Caterham School player in the 200 year history to represent their country  and for this achievement was awarded a school cap. As well as playing for the school team she has been selected to play for Scotland and her PE Teacher /Head of 4th Year Rachel Hart says “Her achievement  of representing Scotland at last year’s Home Internationals tournament is just reward for all her hard work and dedication  to sport, both inside and outside of school”

Alex in action during a match!

Alex has been playing hockey since the age of 8 and been a dedicated leading player for her Club side Sevenoaks. Her team has achieved great success when they were crowned 2017 national junior champions , 2018 silver medallists  in the English Hockey Club Championship and 2019 Home Counties champions.  Alex has been selected to play hockey for Kent and is on the perimeter of being selected to play for England in the future. She has also played in international tournaments for her Club side as well as attending hockey camps in the US (Stanford University) and in both 2018 and 2019 was awarded “best hockey player”.

Josh in action in the pool swimming in the butterfly!

Josh is the youngest winner of the Sporting Excellence Award since its inception 10 years ago. He is an outstanding dedicated swimmer and a member of the Croydon Amphibians Swimming Club and he has now competing at county level (Surrey) in a number of swimming  strokes where he is currently second fastest butterfly swimmer in Surrey for his age  for both 100m and 200m. His swimming coach at Croydon Amphibians Rosie Raynor  said “It is widely recognised by the coaching team (and other external coaches) that Josh holds a lot of potential for the future!”