Olympic Gold medallist and former Skeleton Bob champion Amy Williams MBE enthralled an audience of 400 Brixham College students and parents with her dare devil personality and Olympic training experiences, at their annual nomination night. The aim of the event, held during the Brixham College’s Celebration Week, was to reward the fantastic academic, non-academic and community efforts, achievements, commitment and dedication of students who were nominated by staff for special recognition during the academic year. Previous speakers have included global adventurer Rosie Swale Pope, the only person in history to have undertaken an epic solo unsupported run around the world and Steve Cunningham, the world’s first blind pilot who also coached his English blind football team to the World Cup.
During her motivational talk, guest of honour Amy treated the nominated Brixham students to an evening packed full with the anecdotal stories, highlights and experiences, which have driven her successful career forward, inspiring them to strive for success in their own learning and lives.
“Amy is an excellent role model for our learning family. She reinforces our message that each one of them is special and exceptional, can live life to the fullest, has the ability to handle adversity with drive and ambition, can set small targets to achieve bigger goals whilst remembering to give themselves a pat on the back when they do well,” says vice principal Richard Burden who, as a precursor to Amy’s talk, invited Sasha Miller, one of the first cohort of students going from Brixham College Sixth form to university and Brixham College alumni’s Detective Constable Dan Ritson (who works on the major crime investigation team with Devon and Cornwall Police and featured in ‘Cops with Cameras’) to join teacher Colin Horrocks and take to the stage to demonstrate how they used Brixham College as a springboard for success. The event was also ‘hot on the heels’ of Olympic athlete Heather Fell’s visit to Brixham College’s annual ‘Flames’ primary festival where she put 180 Year 6 pupils through their paces with a ‘modern’ pentathlon.
“What a lovely evening; the very positive attitude that exists between teachers and students is evident and was highlighted by Sasha and the alumni, who were really interesting to listen to. I’ve really enjoyed myself!” said Amy Williams who drew science teacher Mr Sam Squires as the next holder of the Brixham Staff Charity Baton and handed him the ‘relay baton’ trophy.
In order to achieve his 24hr cave challenge, Sam will need to overcome his fear of confined spaces. As a great financial starter to his fundraising year, over £700 raised from the school’s end of term ‘Walk the Mile’ event on Brixham Breakwater, will be channelled into The MS Trust, his charitable cause.
Teressa, mother of Niamh, one of the Year 11 students who received an Ambassador Award said: “Brixham College is an amazing school. It is so special. We love the nominations evening. It is absolutely our favourite evening of the year, especially Mr Burden’s montage DVD!”
At their first official function, Sixth Former Holly, who will be Brixham College’s first ever Head Girl in September said: “We’re really looking forward to helping around the college and promoting ‘the student voice’”.
Sixth Former Max who will be Brixham College’s first ever Head Boy added: “We’re very proud to have been chosen to represent the school with our deputies and are excited at the prospect of having more responsibility.”
Amy Williams, who hosts Channel 5’s The Gadget Show, claimed Team GB’s only gold medal of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in skeleton at her debut Winter Olympic Games. In winning gold, she became Britain’s first solo Winter Olympics champion in 30 years and the first female individual Gold Medallist for 58 years.Follow