Queenswood student Rebecca Hurley believes winning 2015 Welwyn Hatfield Sports Award has given her a new competitive edge

PUBLISHED: 07:43 22 November 2015

Queenswood pupil Rebecca Hurley with her

Queenswood pupil Rebecca Hurley with her "School Pupil of the Year" award from the 2015 Welwyn Hatfield Borough sports awards


Some nine months on from winning the Welwyn Hatfield Secondary School Pupil of the Year Sports Award at the annual evening in WGC, Rebecca Hurley is still pinching herself at her achievement.

The 18-year-old from Northaw, but schooled at Queenswood in Hatfield, is at the top of her field in many disciplines, notably 400m hurdles and cross country where she competes for nationally-renowned North London club Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers - the same club her mum has competed for since the age of nine - and gymnastics, which she is captain of the team, and hockey, a former first-team skipper.

Nicknamed the “PE PA” for her enthusiasm and dedication to the recreational side of her academic commitments, Hurley even sits as a sports chairperson for the school. Safe to say she was a worthy winner of the coveted Welwyn Hatfield award she picked up last February.

Hurley told the WHT: “When I heard my name I was so happy.

“I just didn’t think out of all the people from around the county that I would be shortlisted for the award so to win was amazing.

“Since winning it, it’s definitely given me a confidence boost and my results and personal bests have improved from that belief.”

It was a family affair on the night as Rebecca dismissed competition from her 16-year-old sister Jessica, another promising athlete from the Hurley clan, to snatch the award but there were no hard feelings between the two afterwards.

She continued: “She [Jessica] was really proud that I won it and I don’t think she minded because I am older than her.

“We both compete in the same sports but we know that I’m better at some and she’s better at others and that’s just the way it is.”

Having been allured by sports during her days at Potters Bar’s Stormont Primary School, Hurley, who once performed a gym routine in front of former three-time world champion gymnast Beth Tweddle, has aspirations of progressing from exemplary student to outstanding teacher.

Hurley said: “My aim is to be a PE teacher when I’m older.

“As I’m in my last year at school, I am looking to do PE and Sports Studies at university and will hopefully take that on into some sort of teaching role.

“I am always looking to help out and coach at different clubs that Queenswood offer.

“If I can help the younger students to develop their skills and knowledge it’s really rewarding.

“My mum is a PE teacher at Stormont and has all her coaching qualifications so I could see myself as a coach or teacher in the future.”

n To nominate your Welwyn Hatfield 2016 sporting hero or heroes, complete the form at: www.welhat.gov.uk/sportsawards2016

Nominations close on January 29.

The shortlisted nominees will be invited to a glittering awards ceremony at the Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West, WGC, on the evening of Tuesday, March 8 2016, where the winners will receive their prizes.

The awards, now in their ninth year, are organised by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

The categories for nominations this year are:

• School Teacher of the Year

• Primary School Team of the Year

• Secondary School Team of the Year

• School Pupil of the Year

• Contribution to Disability Sport

• Volunteer of the Year (U21)

• Volunteer of the Year (over 21)

• Coach of the Year

• Team of the Year

• Service to Sport

• Young Participant of the Year (U16)

• Club of the Year

• Sports Person of the Year

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