tate gold world champions
15 Aug



It’s been a summer of medals for students from specialist sports school, Plymouth Studio School, with young athletes who attend the school representing Great Britain at World and European level in the UK, Italy, Spain and Croatia.

Year 12, Tate Budge, won his second World Championship title at the ITF (Taekwondo) World Championships in Brighton, taking Gold in the under 18s 3rd degree patterns. This year’s title follows his win in Rome in 2014, when he became Under 16s 2nd degree patterns world champion.  Tate also picked up a Gold and a Bronze this year as part of the GB under 18s team in the team sparring and patterns events.

14 year old Rhys Roffey, who will join the school this September in Year 10, also picked up a medal at the ITF World Championship, winning Bronze in the under 18s sparring – despite this being his first international event and competing well above his age category.  Rhys is a 2nd degree black belt and current English, National and UK Champion for his age group.

Year 12 Modern Pentathlete, Kay Bryson, continued her run of medal taking at the Youth A European Championships in Barcelona, bringing home two Bronze medals for her performance in the GB Women’s Modern Pentathlon Team and Mixed Relay Events, as well as taking an individual 6th place.  This year’s performance follows her Silver medal win last year as part of the Under 19s team.

Divers, Matt Dixon and Cody Powell-Tuckett, who will join the school in Years 12 and 10 respectively this September, have also had a medal winning summer.  Matt Dixon, who recently took part in the Olympic GB team trials for Rio,  won Gold in the LEN European Junior Championships in Croatia in July and Cody scooped a Silver medal representing England  in the Mediteranian Diving Cup in Italy.

The specialist sports school, which opened  on-site at the University of St Mark & St John in September 2015 will move into its new £4.2 million building and High Performance Sports Centre on campus this Autumn.

The school combines academic and sporting excellence and gives students a chance to take part in its unique Sports Performance Programme.  This includes access to world-class testing and monitoring facilities and training with Olympic and Commonwealth level coaches, including Kat Endacott and Antony James.   In Year 12, students can choose to study for careers in sport  (including coaching, sports management and sports therapy) or to combine their A levels with their own sporting ambitions and performance

Sports Psychologist and Associate Principal for the school, Jon Rhodes, who is has worked with  several Rio 2016 athletes comments, “This is an amazing performance from our students and testament to their own hard work and the support of their coaches and clubs.

“Our unique Sport Performance Programme provides added focus and support for the students in school time and gives them the opportunity to pursue their sporting ambitions in an environment which really understands and caters for their needs, without sacrificing their school work.”

“We’re looking forward to continuing to attract athletes of all levels to the school and working with them to discover and develop the next generation of sporting talent for the City and the UK.”

Year 10 and 12 places at still available for September 2016 entry.   Visit www.plymouthstudioschool.co.uk to book an appointment/download an application form.  Alternatively drop in to the University of St Mark & St John, 26th August, 10.00am – 12.00 to sign up for your place.

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