Jamie Payne-Ross Award 2014

Tom Taiwo returns to St. Mary's to present the Jamie Payne-Ross Award

The Jamie Payne-Ross Award was presented at St. Mary’s Menston on Tuesday 3 June 2014.

The Award is presented annually at the school in memory of Jamie Payne-Ross who died in a tragic accident in December 1993.  The Award is for outstanding achievement in sport for a Year 8 boy (12-13 years old) and was presented to the school by Jamie’s mother Colleen and elder brother Adam. Previous presenters of the Award include Sir Trevor Brooking, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Matthew Lewis and the Kaiser Chiefs.

The presenter of the award this year was former pupil Tom Taiwo. Tom (who received the Jamie Payne-Ross Award in 2003) became a professional footballer on leaving St. Mary’s.  Initially at Leeds United, he moved to Chelsea whilst still at school. Also whilst at school he was selected to play for the England U17 team. A broken leg at Chelsea restricted his opportunities and he joined Carlisle where he helped the Cumbrian side gain promotion in a Wembley final. Last year he moved to Scottish Premier side Hibernian.

At this very moving and prestigious occasion, a wonderful piano performance was provided by Year 8 student Kathryn Bradley.

“Tom was a wonderful role model whilst at St. Mary’s and has always kept in touch with the school since becoming a professional player. He had no hesitation in accepting the invite to present this prestigious award.”
— Mr Geldart

“It is a great honour to present the Jamie Payne-Ross Award, which I was fortunate enough to win whilst at St. Mary’s; it was a massive day for me and meant so much. The award is famous at St. Mary’s; everyone knows about it and its significance. It is fantastic that Jamie is remembered in such a positive way.”
— Tom Taiwo

The recipient of the Award this year is Francis Westhead, 8 Fisher.

Slide announcing Francis Westhead as this year's award winner

“Francis is an outstanding pupil who always gives his best in PE lessons. He is an extremely talented runner and only last month he came first in the Leeds Schools Athletics Competition over 800m at South Leeds Stadium. Francis also competes over 1500m and runs in Cross Country competitions during the winter months. He is a talented Footballer and is a prominent member of the Year 8 Football team. He is not only an outstanding sportsman but his academic record is exemplary. He consistently demonstrates a highly caring nature towards both his peers and staff and is always willing to help in any way he can. An outstanding St. Mary’s student and a worthy winner of the Award.”
— Mr Thornton, Acting Faculty Leader of PE and Sport