ACTIVE BRENTWOOD YOUNG SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2018 - WINNER SOPHIE WILLSON
Sophie is an all-round sports person and excellent team player. Despite her amazing skills across a wide range of sports and achieving a high level of success, she always remains humble and celebrates the achievement of others. She certainly plays to win and is desperately sad when defeated, but continues to praise those around her, she is a good sport!
At her time at Shenfield St Mary’s, Sophie excelled in a wide range of sports.
She reached the Essex cross country county finals every year she took part, which was in every junior school year.
She started to play football at school in Year 3 and went on to captain the team to be the local league winners in Year 6, narrowly coming second in both the Chelsea and West Ham Primary Stars regional tournaments. She played U12 Southend United Community Academy Girls team, where she was playing up a year and she was the team captain, until recent times, now playing for Hutton FC. We have recently heard that at her new secondary school, she plays in the year 8 team, leading them to victory from the start. However, football has had to take a back seat for now due to another passion.
In Year 5, Sophie was the only player of her year to play in the school rounders team, where, at first post she got out many players across Brentwood, then Essex and finally in the national finals, where the team came second. The following year, as team captain, Sophie led the team to victory with confidence and enthusiasm, this year coming home national champions. Throughout every match, Sophie reassured her team when mistakes happened and celebrated when other team members did well. She was an excellent captain.
Her passion and true strength lies in cricket. Sophie is a fast bowler, a really fast bowler. Her skills have gone from strength to strength, aided by natural ability but improved by sheer determination – practice pays off! Sophie has been spotted at the nets honing her skills on many occasions. As a result, her all-round excellence in cricket has been picked up. Here are some of her achievements:
She has played U12 Essex County Girls team - she was playing up a year with all the other girls being Year 7s. She usually opened the batting and was a regular bowler, played U13 Essex County Girls team - was asked to play up at U13 a couple of times with girls who were Year 8. She also played U11 Shenfield Division 1 Squad - Sophie was the only girl in the team. She often opened the bowling and sometimes the batting. With her Shenfield team they were U11 Division 1 League Champions and they came 2nd in the U11 CEDCB Cup Final. And she played U13 Hutton Girls in the girls league. Sophie has recently been awarded U12 Essex County Batswoman of the Year 2018 and the U11A Shenfield Club Player of the Year 2018.
Most importantly, Sophie is, and I am sure will continue to be, an excellent sporting role model for girls in our community. She is respectful, courteous, resilient and perseveres throughout. This is why I am nominating her to be the Young Sportsperson of the Year.