Fresh from London 2012, sprinter Adam Gemili and Goalball player Adam Knott were joint winners of the OCR-sponsored Association of Colleges (AoC) Student of the Year Award.
The award was presented at AoC’s November Annual Conference and Exhibition, and recognises excellence in any academic, vocational or extra-curricular area.
Nearly 50 colleges, representing more than 300,000 students made nominations for this year’s competition and the three finalists represented some of the most inspirational students from across the UK. They were:
Adam competed against world-class sprinters in the 100 metres semi-final and in the relay at London 2012. He is now studying towards a Sports Science degree.
Adam was a member of Team GB’s first Paralympic Goalball team. He was the leading scorer in the event and is also an Ambassador for the sport. The Peter Symonds Sixth Form College student is also a skilled musician and plans to study music at university before becoming a teacher.
Michael demonstrated commitment and determination to progress from being NEET to full-time employment and studying towards an Apprenticeship at New College Nottingham. Michael has also dedicated a lot of time to helping the community and was involved in a local project to help residents make their neighbourhood more appealing.
OCR Chief Executive Mark Dawe said: “We’re very pleased to sponsor the Student of the Year Award. The Award is a great reminder of why we’re all in education. This year’s finalists have achieved great things in their different and very unique personal journeys. Their determination to succeed in their chosen fields and their contribution to their colleges and local communities is exceptional and inspiring. They are great ambassadors for the student body in colleges and for colleges as a whole.”