Doha College’s 2016 sporting champions were announced last week in front of guest speaker Eleanor Thomson who, as well as being a commonwealth water polo player, also swam the English Channel in 2013.

Kartik Sharma was named Sports Man of the Year for the second year running, Ané Botha was Sports Woman of the Year and was also presented with a Service to the School Sports award in front of almost 400 guests at Doha College recently.

Kartik, Year 13 student, has represented Doha College in basketball, volleyball, rugby, soccer and softball and scooped the awards for the second year running. Ané was chosen as the sportswoman of the year as well as the service to school sports in recognition of embracing seven different sports and having competed in 28 different fixtures.

The winning Teams of the Year were awarded to the Under 12 Girls Football Team and the Under 19 Boys Basketball Team. Both teams had an unbeaten record, winning their leagues and demonstrating an outstanding attitude to their sport and sportsmanship.

This year, Doha College’s sporting achievements were also recognised internationally. Tom Ayling, Year 13 student was chosen to play for Qatar in a 7-a -side rugby tournament in Al Ain and Neil Thomas, Head of Design Technology and a member of the Leadership team represented Qatar at the Rugby Asian Nations Cup recently.

Gary Froud, Head of PE said the annual Sports Awards recognise and reward sporting achievements of the secondary school students. Froud said:

It has been a very busy sporting year at Doha College, we have competed in over 400 fixtures, taken part in 60 Leagues or Tournaments and travelled on two sporting exchanges. Our teams have been incredibly successful having won 38 of the 60 Leagues/Tournaments. We are privileged to have some very talented sportsmen and women here at the college and, on behalf of the Doha College staff and students, I congratulate each and every winner on their achievement.’

He added:

This year we were honoured to have special guest Eleanor Thomson, a former commonwealth games swimmer to present the award to our top sports stars. Eleanor is a keen swimmer and water polo player and is also a mathematics teacher at Doha College. In July 2013, Eleanor swam the English Channel swimming 42 kilometres in just 13 hours and 46 minutes.’

Sportsman of the Year Kartik, Year 13 student has represented Doha College in basketball, volleyball, rugby, soccer and softball and scooped the award for the second year running.

Ané was chosen as the sportswoman of the year as well as the service to school sports in recognition of the seven different sports and 28 different fixtures she has competed in.

On the night, guest speaker Eleanor Thomson spoke of her passion for swimming and water polo and on her challenge to swim the English Channel. Eleanor is the seventh South African woman to swim the channel and the 400th woman in the world to complete the swim. Eleanor has also represented South Africa in swimming at the world student games in Beijing, she has captained South Africa at the commonwealth water polo championships in Manchester and has now added the English channel to her accomplishments.

Eleanor said:

Love your sport and carry on throughout your studies. If you are passionate about sport don’t let anyone stop you. If you have a reason and a purpose to do something, the feeling when you accomplish it is marvellous.’

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