Sports star Spalding shines bright

A remarkable swimmer who shows no signs of slowing down has won our Outstanding Sporting Achievement accolade at the seventh Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press Education Awards.

Recognizing immense talent, the judges were spoiled for choice with three entrants all achieving great sporting accolades.

However, Emma Croker of Spalding High School was named the winner after the judges recognized her remarkable talent and success in swimming.

Education Award, Springfields, Spalding 2022 (57840184)

The youngster has won numerous medals in competitions across the UK and has now also been shortlisted for a Diploma of Sporting Excellence.

Emma was unable to accept her trophy in person as she is currently representing Great Britain at the European Junior Championships in Bucharest, Romania.

But Michele Anderson, principal of Spalding High School, was on hand to collect it from HSBC’s Sam Clarke.

Education Award, Springfields, Spalding 2022 (57840212)
Education Award, Springfields, Spalding 2022 (57840212)

She said: “It’s an honor to accept this award on Emma’s behalf. I have her mum on speed dial tonight.

“I know Emma did incredibly well in Bucharest and, in fact, I heard tonight that the team came third.

“She continues to excel and I know she will be very happy to have won this award.”

Finalists Hannah Willis, also from Spalding High School, and Ollie Parkin, from South View Community Primary School, also have much to be proud of.

Hannah also achieves national recognition for her swimming, while excelling in tennis, rounder, athletics, netball and cricket.

Ollie is extremely talented in a wide range of sports including rugby, cricket and football.

Helen D. Jessen