Governors, parents, staff and friends of the School from the local community joined senior pupils and alumni to celebrate the achievements of 2015-16 at Hampton’s Senior Prizegiving.
The event was also attended by local MP, Dr Tania Mathias and the guest speaker was Head of England Rugby Sevens and Old Hamptonian, Simon Amor. Simon spoke to the packed audience about leading the GB Sevens team at this year’s Rio Olympics, recalling that with only ten weeks to prepare, the odds were against any success.
He described how he asked his GB team to recalibrate their measure of success – explaining that the players could not control the outcome of the games but they could control the amount of effort they chose to put in. Simon Amor attributed this approach to success, to the lessons that he had learned at Hampton School, and which he believes contributed to the national Sevens team’s stunning Olympic run and their final position as Silver medallists. The Old Hamptonian also described how he asked his squad to be good role models for young people who were watching the Olympics and spoke of his pride in witnessing how his GB players immediately turned to comfort the Argentinian opposition after a hard-fought victory in the semi-finals.
Simon presented prizes to over 200 boys from the Fourth Year upwards and the main awards of the evening included the Dennis King Cup for unselfish service to the School, awarded this year to Daniel Sparks. The Howes Cup was jointly presented to last year’s Vice-Captains, Luca Cericola, James Emeny and Sam Howard-Sneyd, while former School Captain, Tom Nunan, was awarded the Fitzwygram Cup.
The Headmaster, Kevin Knibbs, spoke of his joy at Hamptonians’ exceptional all-round achievements during the year and praised their talent, energy and joie de vivre. He warmly welcomed back last year’s leavers, highlighting their excellent leadership and generosity of spirit during their final year. He encouraged them to remain in close contact with the School while wishing them every success in the next phase of their lives.
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