Young sport stars at Burnt Mill are proving they are the best in the country.

Athletics / Tue 3rd Nov 2015 at 02:35pm

Burnt Mill SportSTUDENTS from Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, not only achieve highly at school sport, but some are scooping county, regional and national titles.

Year 7 student Emma Nunn, 11, has been a judo fighter for six years and has recently been crowned British national champion at the British Minors Championships.

Emma, who trains twice a week in Bishops Stortford, said: “I feel really happy and excited. I was a bit nervous about all the people watching at the finals. You have to be really good to get there so I knew it was going to be a hard competition. I felt more relieved as the day went on and my fights went well.”

Lois Tappenden, Year 7, has been named eastern region trampoline champion after just two years in the sport.

The 11-year-old member of Apex Trampoline Club said: “I feel pretty happy with myself. I have won lots of competitions before, but never this one.”

Running star Sidnie Ward, Year 8, has been collecting medals and titles since his talent was spotted when he joined Burnt Mill.

Among his titles last year were Essex Schools Year 7 cross country champion, Essex and East of England indoor under 13 800m champion, Essex outdoor 200m and 800m under 13 champion and Essex Schools under 13 800m champion. He also came third in the South East of England inter counties cross country, is ranked number two in the UK for under 13 boys 1,500m and ranked number three in the UK for under 13 boys 800m.

Most recently, he has become the West Essex Cross Country champion on the first anniversary of his first training session.

The 12-year-old, who trains four times a week with Woodford Green running club, said: “In this event last year, I came eighth and gradually started winning races from then on. This is my first full cross country season. For me to win this, in an under-15 category against Year 9 boys, is a great achievement and shows my age doesn’t come into it.”

Kristina O’Hara, head of PE, said: “At Burnt Mill, we have many talented athletes who compete at a range of levels. We have students who attend our extra-curricular clubs for enjoyment, students who wish to compete against other schools and represent the successful Burnt Mill Squads and also students who take their talents one step further and compete at county and national level both through the academy and also their clubs. We offer a range of sports for our students to help promote a healthy active lifestyle and to encourage students to continue with sport outside of Burnt Mill.

“These students are exceptionally talented and we are very proud to have such great success and role models within the academy.”

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