Top performing Ripon Grammar Schools athletics stars shone on stage at a glittering Sports Awards ceremony, where Team GB cyclist Abi Smith and our very own England Karate Coach Sensei Ady Gray gave out the prizes in front of a packed hall, filled with parents, civic dignitaries, governors and staff.

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Photographs by BOB MCLENNAN


Sensei Ady Gray said he was honoured to be invited to the awards:

“It is great to see so many kids enjoying sport and achieving such high standards. The amount of talent, both individually and in teams, across so many sports is very encouraging.

“The benefits of sport both physically and mentally is immeasurable and it’s great to see not just the talent but also the well-rounded, confident and happy sporting students proud to represent themselves and their school.

“Strip away the medals or the final position, sport should create good people, and what I am witnessing at these awards is well-focused, well-mannered good people.

“As an ambassador for UK Coaching, I also see the standard and dedication of all the coaches and teachers from RGS. They are great role models for the kids and deserve a lot of praise for the standards in sport that they are coaching.”