Sporty group celebrates success

Sporting superstars  from Castleford Academy pupils Georgia Phelan, Holly-Mae Dodd, Deven Waring and Holly Easton are all doing really well in their respective sports winning regional competitions, with headteacher George Panayiotou and head of year 7 Francine Holmes-Brown. (p602a503)''LOCATION: Castleford Academy, Ferry
Sporting superstars from Castleford Academy pupils Georgia Phelan, Holly-Mae Dodd, Deven Waring and Holly Easton are all doing really well in their respective sports winning regional competitions, with headteacher George Panayiotou and head of year 7 Francine Holmes-Brown. (p602a503)''LOCATION: Castleford Academy, Ferry

Four youngsters at Castleford Academy are celebrating after scooping prestigious sporting accolades.

Swimmer Georgia Phelan, dancer Hollie-Mae Dodd, cheerleader Holly Easton and gymnast Deven Waring have all achieved success in sports events across the area.

Georgia, 12, a swimmer at City of Wakefield Swimming Club, has won seven gold medals, three silver and a bronze medal at competitions since starting swimming at the age of five.

Hollie-Mae, who has danced since she was three years old, was crowned winner of a national modern sequence dance competition in Blackpool last October.

Cheerleader Holly was ranked sixth best in the country in a national competition in Blackpool last year and Deven, a gymnast with Wakefield Gym Club, has won the Yorkshire championships for the last four years in succession.

George Panayiotou, school headteacher, said: “What the students have achieved are phenomenal achievements.

“Some of the sacrifices they have had to make to succeed are unbelievable and they should be very proud of themselves.”

The youngsters, all in year-seven, will be taking part in more competitions this year.

Mr Panayiotou added: “Sport is extremely important to youngsters as they’re growing up.

“It teaches them about how to deal with success and failure and also shows them that you have to work hard to achieve and that’s exactly what these children have done.”