CLITHEROE Royal Grammar School are rightly proud of a long list of their sporting stars’ stellar achievements this year.
The Chatburn Road school are regulars at the top table of a variety of sports at county and international level, but even by those standards 2011 has been a special year.
In golf, James Holt earned a place in the Lancashire Under-18 team, while Lancashire junior champion Brogan Townend won the International Nick Faldo Series for a second time, made her England debut, and next August will be the first English golfer to go to the University of Texas at San Antonio.
The 17-year-old also claimed a new course record at Wilpshire Golf Club, was joint-fifth in the Ladies’ Amateur British Strokeplay Championship, and won the Formby Leveret.
Emily Zakrewski was a member of the Lancashire Under-19 netball squad, while Emily Whiteside was part of the England squad for the European Under-19 Championships in March this year.
In martial arts, Samuel Thomas was crowned British Ju-Jitsu champion, Lewis Wakes won the North West judo title, and James Duckworth and Daniel Mala are both world ju-jitsu champions at different weight categories.
Liam Horrigan earned a call-up for the Lancashire Under-17s hockey squad, and Natasha Fell was selected for the Under county.
The school’s footballers have also had a memorable year.
Jack Taylor captained Lancashire Under-18s, while the versatile youngster also plays for the Red Rose county at cricket.
Ross Dent – who plays for Clitheroe in the Evo-Stik League First Division North – also represents Lancashire Under-18s.
In cross country, Abbie Thistlethwaite earned her Lancashire Under-20 vest, while both Robert Warner and Daniel Walsh run for Lancashire schools and the inter-county team.
Evan Williams continued the school’s success story, playing for Preston Grasshoppers at Under-17 level, while he has also been nominated for Lancashire trials and is training with the Welsh Exiles Under-17s squad.
And in skiing, Bethany Widdup competed at the World Schools’ Championships, is a member of their artificial ski national team, and has been nominated for the youth Olympic Games.