Richard hammers them to complete a family double

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 26 October 2009

l HEAD BOY: Richard Humphries collects his trophy from Mayor Carl Storer and Jo Moxham, partnership development manager of the Welwyn Hatfield School Sport Partnership

l HEAD BOY: Richard Humphries collects his trophy from Mayor Carl Storer and Jo Moxham, partnership development manager of the Welwyn Hatfield School Sport Partnership

ATHLETE Richard Humphries completed a family double at the 2007 Welwyn Hatfield Borough Sports Awards. The teenage Herts Phoenix hammer thrower followed in the footsteps of his sister Claire in winning the district s School Pupil of the Year accolade. He

ATHLETE Richard Humphries completed a family double at the 2007 Welwyn Hatfield Borough Sports Awards.

The teenage Herts Phoenix hammer thrower followed in the footsteps of his sister Claire in winning the district's School Pupil of the Year accolade.

"He was genuinely stunned but very pleased," said father Jon Humphries.

The category winner was announced by Jo Moxham, partnership development manager of the Welwyn & Hatfield School Sport Partnership.

And perhaps the biggest cheer of the night came from Richard's coach Ian Miller, the veteran throwing champion at Gosling and a previous Sports Person of the Year winner.

Despite only taking up the discipline in 2007, Sir Frederic Osborn pupil Richard won the county championship in his U15 age group and by the end of the season was ranked in the top six nationally at the highly-technical event.

He also won county titles in the discus and javelin, the Eastern Counties Championship gold at hammer and came fifth in his age group at the England Athletics National Championships.

Richard also represented Herts in rugby last year, playing for the Under-14s against Kent and Essex, and was the top try scorer for his team at Welwyn RFC.

His dad added: "Richard is extremely dedicated and trains three times a week, in addition to playing rugby at the weekend.

"He has learned very quickly in terms of his athletics and has stepped out of the shadow of his sister, Claire, gaining confidence from all his hard work."

Richard is also helping others achieve as well. Jon Humphries said: "He has started working with PE staff at school in teaching, coaching and assisting the younger years at rugby in what is not a traditional school sport at Sir Frederic Osborn and his enthusiasm has rubbed off on the younger pupils.

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