Student’s Summer of Sporting Success

On returning to school for the autumn term, we are thrilled to hear about the successes of student Shaun Kerry over the summer.

We have previously reported Shaun’s successes in hammer throwing and he has had an absolutely amazing summer. Proud mum, Mrs Kerry, told us “He was competing in a couple of International competitions: Shaun got his England vest at the Welsh International in Cardiff and he was so proud just wearing the vest so you can imagine how he felt to come away from the competition as Champion! Shortly after he was competing in Leiria, Portugal at an international throws competition where there were top UK athletes but also athletes from as far as Canada and South America. It was an absolutely fantastic experience for Shaun and he was on such a high after winning in Cardiff, he was so confident and that, I'm sure helped him throw a consistently high sequence of throws, taking the lead from the first round. Shaun held his nerve and secured 1st place taking gold again with a 64.13m throw, just short of his 65.70pb at the time.

As if this wasn't enough Shaun got a call up from Team GB to make his debut at the Manchester international at Sport City, Shaun set his sights of making the team in 2020 so to get called up this year and make Team GB Under 20 was a dream come true. He got a full set of kit, approximately 18 items of clothing and 3 bags, it was quite surreal. Shaun spent the afternoon with other team members; his competition was at 4pm. He was competing against top athletes but threw really well and even managed to throw a Personal Best 66.14 which placed him a very respectable 4th place in the competition. He was buzzing, after the event the athletes went for a meal at the Etihad Stadium, he didn't want the day to end!!!”

Due to Shaun's rankings on the Power of 10 a lot of US universities are interested in offering him a scholarship or financial aid. Shaun has already sat the ACT test and achieved very high grades which have resulted in top universities contacting him. A coach from Princeton University has flown over to see him; he is going on a visit there this month, funded by the university. He is currently in talks with Harvard as well! Shaun is hoping to visit Rice University in Houston and a couple of others - he can visit up to 5 universities before he makes his final decision as to where he wants to study. Shaun wants to continue with athletics but also to study medicine. Head of Sixth Form, Mr Andrews, said “We are so proud of Shaun both academically and for his sporting successes and wish him every success in securing his university place”.