The Jane Branford Memorial Awards
Linked to the Nicky Morris Challenge, are special awards in the memory of Jane Branford, the Head of P.E. at Presdales School for many years.
In 1989, when the idea of the competition was under discussion, Jane became a driving force in helping to establish the competition. Within two years, we had managed to encourage other schools in the East Hertfordshire area to join the competition, and by 1993 it became necessary to develop the “divisional” structure that exists today.
Jane was delighted to see the competition grow, and eventually it was necessary to add another division as schools from the Hertfordshire/Essex borders joined it, and schools from Mid-Hertfordshire came on board, until eventually over twenty schools were part of the competition. Jane now felt that the competition had taken on the mantle of the “unofficial” championships for girls in East Herts.
Jane was a long serving P.E. Teacher at Presdales School, and for many of those years, was head of the department. She had a passion for athletics (as well as other sports), and over many years encouraged “her” girls to come along to the club, and in most instances David Rice ended up coaching them, but they were still “her” girls. Jane was highly regarded by “her” girls, and it was amazing to see so many of them, from over the years, attend her funeral and pay tribute to the inspirational support she gave them.
Jane and David Rice became good friends over the years of working together, and he was deeply saddened and upset at the news of her death. These awards are his way of paying tribute to Jane and all that she did to support the competition, as well as the support and encouragement she gave to all “her” girls to become active athletes.
Winners of The Awards
The Awards were given for outstanding performances and breaking of the competition records.
M.Daniels – Standing Triple Jump – Simon Balle
A.Omitowojo – Triple Jump – Newport Grammar
N.Parcell – Shot Putt – Presdales
M.Vincent – Presdales – Standing Triple Jump
L.Julian – Presdales – 200m
N.Parcel – Presdales – Shot Putt
M.Daley – St.Mary’s High – 100m
A.Omitowoju – Newport Free – Triple Jump