Winners of Staffs Young Sports Writer 2016 unveiled at Staffordshire University

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Budding sports journalists of the future scooped top prizes at the Staffs Young Sports Writer 2016 competition at Staffordshire University.

The competition gave  talented youngsters across Staffordshire a chance to show their impressive sports writing work.

And with prizes including a tour of Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium and watching the last game of the season, there were plenty of entries.

The winner of the age 16-18 competition was Kelsey Taylor, 17, from Great Wyrley High School.

Kelsey was really surprised to have won the award.

She said: “I didn’t expect it. I just did it as something I was interested in.”

The competition was organised by Sports PR and Journalism degree students at Staffordshire University, as part of one of their final year projects.

They visited six schools across Staffordshire encouraging pupils to get involved, resulting in more than 100 entries.

And at the awards ceremony at the university’s College Road campus in Shelton, students and their parents attended with Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Jean Bowers.

The winner’s prize was in partnership with The Sentinel.

Kelsey won a behind-the-scenes experience shadowing the Sentinel’s sports reporters at the last game of the season at the Stoke City ground in May.

Kelsey said: “It will be something different but I’ll enjoy it, all my family, dad and brothers are really into football.”

Chris Iwelumo, former Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers star, who is now a student at Staffordshire University, was an ambassador for the event.

He said: “I think it’s fantastic, it’s so important to help the younger generations.

“Put your mind to it and go and do it. Jump in with both feet and love what you do.

“Life’s for living, you’re not here just to exist we’re trying to achieve something.”

He said Staffordshire University provided a fantastic team of support and he had enjoyed his studies.

Winner of the seven to 11 category was Ellease Hawkins, from Barnfields Primary School in Stafford, with runners up Ruby Tweats, from St Edwards Primary, Leek, and Libby Pewton from St John’s Catholic School, Bridgenorth.

In the 12 to 15 class, runners up were Layla Bradeley from Excel Academy in Sneyd Green, Stoke, and Callum Whittaker, from Walsall Academy.

The winner was Ryan Batty, from St Thomas More Catholic School, Crewe.

And the runners up to Kelsey in the 16-18 age category were Jack Dawson and Isaac Johnson.

 

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