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Natasha Dowie Beaten

The inaugural Action Woman Awards celebrated women who gave the most dynamic sporting performances of 2013 and the winner was decided by an online public vote.

Downhill mountain biking star Rachel Atherton has been crowned the first-ever winner of BT’s Action Woman of the Year Awards.

Atherton’s success followed a triumphant year during which she became the women’s downhill mountain bike world champion and World Cup Series winner – the second time in her career in which she has achieved the elusive double.Downhill mountain biking star Rachel Atherton has been crowned the first-ever winner of BT’s Action Woman of the Year Awards.

The 26-year-old from Salisbury was named victor on Saturday [25th January 2013] night’s edition of The Clare Balding Show.

“Wow! I’m absolutely gobsmacked to have won the first ever BT Sport Action Women Awards”, Atherton said.

The shortlist for this award was stacked with women who I personally take inspiration from.” Rachel Atherton

Runner-up Natasha Dowie, a Roundwood Park Alumni, who helped Liverpool Ladies to the Women’s Super League title as the league’s Golden Boot winner, while also being voted Players’ Player of the Year, was thrilled to be recognised for her achievements last year.

“To be nominated for Action Woman of the Year meant so much to me,” said Dowie.

“It was almost surreal when I got the news and just unbelievable when I saw who the other nominees were. I was almost too embarrassed to ask my friends and supporters to vote for me alongside those other amazing athletes.

“Whilst I’ve had football awards, I’ve never been nominated for anything like this before so it’s a really big deal to me.”

Courtesy of the BT Sport site.

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The rise and rise of Mrs Rebecca Glover

Since leaving us as Head of Sixth Form in 2002, Mrs Glover went to Tadcaster Grammar school as a Deputy Head Teacher. After a spell as acting Head Teacher there  she has now moved on to be the Head of Hull Collegiate. We wish her well in her new position.

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Todd Baines [2004] drives forward for Harpenden Hockey Club.

Roundwood Park has long been a main provider for Harpenden Hockey Club with many players , both men and women, rising through the ranks to play 1st team league hockey. Many go on to university and continue their playing careers and Tom is such an example. Having gained a degree in Science & Management at Nottingham Trent he is now a school PE teacher where he can pass on his skills and experience to a new generation of budding hockey players.

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Francesca Solari [2007]

Having completed a BSc in Physiology with Pharmacology from the University of Sheffield and an MPhil in Respiratory Medicine from the University of Manchester, Francesca is currently studying Medicine at the University of Sheffield.

She has also offered to help out with students who are thinking of applying to study Medicine and Science degrees.

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Kelly Greene [2009]

After leaving Roundwood I took a gap year where I did a summer season in Portugal before I did a winter ski season in Courchevel, France. I also did an 8 day hike in the Dolomites in Italy before enrolling at the University of Sheffield.

I’ve been studying Journalism at Sheffield University for the last three years and I’m due to graduate, if all goes well, this forthcoming summer [2014]. I’m not 100% sure what I want to do upon graduation, either wrangle myself a journalism internship, pursue digital marketing or run away to another country and live the life of Riley. It may not be that simple however, so I may have to persist with the former two options.

At this point I’m still a keen skier, contemplating running a marathon (should probably start with a half) and I’m wondering how long I can distract myself with this before I have to get back to revision…

Editor’s note. During her studies Kelly uses her not inconsiderable skills as an online  ‘Chat agent’ at the ‘Chat Shop’.

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Chloe does Big Brother!

Chloe Fisher [ class of 2006] now works full time for Endemol on the production of Big Brother ’14 as a freelqance talent and production runner. This follows other distinctive and famous productions as ‘Hens behaving badly’ amongst others.  All this whilst studying full time [!] at the University of Herts for a BA in Screen culture and Media Practice finishing in summer 2014.

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