Posted: 3 May, 2023

Unforgettable Sports Awards Evening 2023

Achievements, Celebration, Guests, News, Performance, Senior School, Sixth Form, Sports

Fresh from being named top girls’ school for sport, last Friday’s Sports Awards evening was always going to be a night to remember.

The evening marked the end of a memorable sporting year and welcomed guest speakers from the world of sport: Niamh Cooper, Emma Oakley, and Melanie Wilson, all accomplished athletes in their own right. They shared their incredible journeys, explaining how they have succeeded in combining their sporting achievements with demanding careers in medicine and business.

Guest Speakers

Niamh Cooper (pictured left) plays netball for Northern Ireland and Surrey Storm. With 70 international caps under her belt, representing NI at three Commonwealth games and the 2019 netball World Cup, Niamh’s story was an inspiration to all. She is currently a doctor specializing in emergency medicine in the A&E department of the Royal Surrey Hospital.

Melanie Wilson (pictured centre) is a double Olympian and the first British Olympic Medalist ever in the women’s eight rowing event at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Melanie’s journey was particularly inspiring, as she pursued her medical studies during her Olympic career, graduating in 2015, and working as a hospital physician, including in intensive care through the COVID pandemic. She currently works as a GP in South London.

Emma Oakley (pictured right) has been player and captain for both England and Great Britain lacrosse. With 58 caps for England and having recently returned from the world championship where England won their second consecutive bronze medal, Emma juggles her lacrosse commitments with working full-time as a senior account manager at Johnson & Johnson.


The night celebrated achievements, sportsmanship, and a wide range of awards across the many sports at Putney and the Q&A session with our guest speakers saw our students stepping up and asking insightful questions.

Overall, the evening was a wonderful celebration and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Putney sports team and all the students who have achieved so much over what has been a memorable sporting year.

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved for their unwavering commitment to sport at Putney High School. It was a night to remember.

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