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Uxbridge College student James Hillier has been honoured for his sporting achievements with the Panathlon’s top annual honour for competitors in London and Essex.
James (16), was named the 10th winner of the Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement award for his achievements with Panathlon, a charity providing sporting opportunities for children with disabilities and special needs.
He competed with a group from his previous school, Ruislip High School, in events including Powerchair Slalom and beanbag throwing. Competitors in the slalom have to manoeuvre a high performance electric wheelchair through a set of obstacles as fast as possible, and in the beanbag competition they have to hit a target.
James’ prize was presented to him by Panathlon Ambassador and Paralympic swimming gold medallist Liz Johnson (right), and Gemma Juma from the Jack Petchey Foundation at a ceremony which took place at John Lewis Stratford City.
James said: “I’ll never forget that day. I never realised that I’d win - I couldn’t believe it. My mum cried and my dad nearly cried too! I would like to thank everyone who came on the night and everyone who has supported me in doing sport. I would love to enter more competitions.”
James, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, also loves trampolining, and has been part of the Brunel University wheelchair basketball club.
Panathlon is a charity that gives more than 17,500 children with disabilities and special needs the opportunity to engage in competitive sport each year.
Pictured: L-R Jade Thomas and Natasha House from intu Uxbridge, student Rhys Shirley, and Ray Griffin, Acting Section Manager for Performing Arts and Music.
The baby grand piano that’s been playing at intu Uxbridge for the last four years was delivered to Uxbridge College's Hayes Campus, where it will help to create the musicians of the future.
The shopping centre has donated the beautiful black Bentley piano for free, after it invited local organisations, schools and community groups to come forward if they were interested in giving it a new home.
Uxbridge College was chosen as the recipient after it told intu Uxbridge of the difference it would make to its students.
intu Uxbridge general manager Laurie Taylor said: “We are delighted that the baby grand piano will continue to make the people of Uxbridge smile. We chose Uxbridge College as the recipient, as we know that it will be very loved and well used by students. We liked the idea that it could play a part in nurturing the musicians of the future, too!”
The shopping centre has donated the piano to the community to make way for new and exciting experiences for its shoppers in the months and years to come.
Ray Griffin, Acting Section Manager for Performing Arts and Music at Uxbridge College, said: “We are very excited to receive the piano and promise to look after it well. Our students cannot wait to start practising on it. We are very grateful to intu Uxbridge for this generous donation – it is truly proof that community spirit is still alive and kicking in Uxbridge.”
The piano will be located outside the Edge Theatre box office at Uxbridge College’s Hayes Campus, and will mainly be used by Music and Performing Arts students including on Open Days and show nights.
A small plaque will be put on the beautiful piece of equipment, highlighting that it was donated by intu Uxbridge.
Uxbridge College Netball Academy team is celebrating after winning a place in the Association of Colleges’ Sport National Championships 2019 in Nottingham to represent London.
The new ‘London Champions’ won the AoC Sport Regional Tournament with 3 wins and 1 draw. They won against Newham Sixth Form College, Waltham Forest College and St Charles Sixth Form College, and drew with Sir George Monoux College.
Uxbridge College Netball Academy, which works in collaboration with Blaze Netball Club, is a full-time programme of study combined with professional netball development and coaching. The athletes are a mixture of Sports, A Levels, GCSE and Electrical Engineering students.
Nikki Glendinning, Head Coach, said: “I cannot express how proud I am of these ladies, the self-discipline and the teamwork they showed at this event was admirable. They have worked incredibly hard and will continue to do so in order to perform their very best in the national finals next year.”
Netball Academy students benefit from a range of opportunities including the chance to play competitively in the National League, guest speakers, work experience, opportunity to play in competitive matches for Blaze Netball Club, sports therapy and competitive fixtures against other colleges and schools take place every Wednesday.
The team will now compete in the finals at the University of Nottingham’s David Ross Sports Village and local facilities in April next year.