Local students win Sporting Excellence Award

The Rotary Club of Caterham has announced the winners of their 2020 Sporting Excellence Award.

Organiser Sarah Berke said:

"The judges were unanimous the award should be shared between three students who are excelling in their respective sports."

Mina Darwin (Caterham School), Alex Sewell (Woldingham School) and Josh Dolling (de Stafford School) each received £200 prize money, to use for sporting personal development.


Mina is Caterham School's Under-15A netball captain, competing at county and national level. She also plays for the school lacrosse team and is the youngest Caterham School player ever to be picked for her country in the sport, representing Scotland at the 2019 Home Internationals tournament.

Alex took up hockey at the age of eight, and is a leading player for club side Sevenoaks, who were 2017 national junior champions, 2018 English Hockey Club Championship silver medallists, and 2019 Home Counties champions. Alex has been selected to play hockey for Kent, with the possibility of a future England call-up, too.

Josh is the youngest winner of the Rotary Club's Award so far. An outstanding swimmer, he is a member of the Croydon Amphibians and is now competing at a county level for Surrey. He is currently the second fastest butterfly swimmer in Surrey for his age, at both 100m and 200m.

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