#wedNEWSday stories – NSW U13 State School Tournaments 2018

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles. Make sure you check out our website each week to keep up to date and if you have a great story let us know using the details below!

Between 6th – 8th March 2018, twenty-five U13 teams from state schools all across the South West took part in our 3rd Annual U13 State School Competition.

As per previous years, three events were held – a north, mid and south competition – with each event being run by young leaders from the respective host schools

We are pleased to congratulate the following winners:

U13 North

Hosted by Oasis Academy Brislington – Bristol

Winners = Farmors School – Glou

Runners Up = Colston’s girls School – Bristol

U13 Mid Event

Hosted by Kingdown School Warminster

Winners = Lavington School – Wiltshire

Runners Up = The Blandford School – Dorset

U13 South

Hosted by Torquay Girls School

Winners = Penryn Cornwall

Runner Up = Tein School – Devon



Special thanks to all host schools (Oasis Academy Brislington, Warminster School & Torquay Grammar School) and their young leaders who have helped to make all three events a success.

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Mo Squires: Torch Trophy Trust Award 2018

Following our recent #wedNEWSday article we are delighted to congratulate Mo Squires on being awarded ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the recent Torch Trophy Trust Awards that took place at the Army and Navy Club in London on Wednesday 7th February.


Mo had been invited to the event to receive recognition for her continued hard work and dedication to netball. More specifically cited was Mo’s contribution to the development and delivery of Walking Netball (both locally and nationally) and to her commitment to the Swindon Vixens – a specific netball club designed to engage and support young women with learning disabilities to access netball.

In addition to this recognition, Mo was chosen from 20 exceptional volunteers across a whole range of sports to win the overall award for volunteering in sport.

Mo Squires winner of overall Torch Trophy Trust award 2018 with Sheila Piper and Sir Trevor Brooking

With her citation read by Sir Trevor Brooking and receiving her award from the Duke of Gloucester – Mo’s years of service to Netball were rightly honoured.

Mo was totally shocked after being awarded the overall award, “Recognition doesn’t come easily to me. There are many thousand volunteers giving hundreds of thousands of hours each year to sporting organisations throughout the UK. Without these volunteers I think many sports would struggle to survive let alone develop and prosper.”

Despite openly admitting that being recognised at these events was not ‘her thing’, Mo confidentally chatted with pride to other award winners and celebrities and true to form Mo didn’t let a fundraising opportunity go by and left the event clutching two signed netballs – Sir Trevor Brooking and Sir Bobby Charlton – for her yet another netball fundraiser later on this year.

A truly exceptional netballer.

Mo meeting Sir Bobby Charlton


Netball South West would once again like to congratulate Mo on deservedly being recognised at this prestigious event and thank her for her continued commitment to netball in our region!