Students from two North East colleges came together to compete in the inaugural Hedley Cup in memory of their former sports lecturer.
The event was held by Sunderland College and Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington to pay tribute to Wayne Hedley, a sports lecturer and coach, who had worked at both colleges. Wayne died from cancer last year at the age of 34.
The Hedley Cup will become an annual competition between the two colleges with students competing in a range of sports – the winning college keeps the trophy until the following year.
Guest of honours at this year’s event, held on Wednesday 29 April, were Wayne’s mum and stepdad, June and Bobby Workman, who watched almost 100 students from the two colleges take part in the very first Hedley Cup.
Paul Carroll, QE Sports Development Co-ordinator, said: “The Hedley Cup is a really fitting way for us to remember and honour Wayne and the sporting legacy he left at both colleges. The students, staff and Wayne’s family all enjoyed a great day of sport that was played in the right spirit.”
The students competed in netball, basketball, boys’ football, girls’ football and mixed tag rugby. The results were two wins each – wins for QE in netball and basketball and wins for Sunderland College in both football matches – and a draw in the rugby fixture. This means that each college will keep the trophy for six months before battling it out again next year.
Wayne’s mum, June, presented the trophy to the colleges’ team captains – Sam Lorimer from QE and Amber Mcloughlin from Sunderland College.
Graham Mytton, Head of Sport at Sunderland College, added: “It was fantastic to see nearly 100 young people competing for their college and trying to win the very first Hedley Cup. Wayne loved to play, coach and watch sport and his ability to enthuse young people and get them playing was the inspiration for the event. I am really looking forward to an even bigger Hedley Cup in 2016.”