Wednesday 28th November 2007 by C. Freeman
Two students were awarded for their sporting achievements at a recent county ceremony. Dermot Bailey, who plays wheelchair tennis, and judo champion, Lucas Rowe received trophies and awards from ex-England and Nottingham Forest goal-keeper, Peter Shilton.
The duo, who were awarded Young Disabled Achiever Award and Young Male Sports Achiever Award respectively got through regional heats to get through to the county awards.
Dermot, from Year 9 said: 'My tennis has been going quite well this year. In the last international tournament I played, the Nottingham Indoor, I was runner up in the singles and I won the doubles. I still train around once or twice a week. Peter Shilton didn't say much to me, he just said it must be a hard sport.' Dermot is now ranked 18th in the International Tennis Federation World Rankings for Junior Wheelchair Tennis.
Lucas, the current British Schools under-14s champion, said: 'This year has been a good one for me, I've won more tournaments than I have in previous years and this year I won my first international medal. It was great meeting Peter Shilton as he's a football legend.'
The ceremony, which awarded achievement in 13 separate sporting categories, took place at Kettering Conference Centre in November.