A young rugby player for a Stanmore-based club who lost his dad earlier in the year has shown character by winning a national award.
Harrow Rugby Club (HRC) player Jamie Horsley, 14, lost his dad, Chris, in February after he suffered from an aggressive form of blood cancer.
The student, who plays for the club based on Wood Lane, has been commended by his club for showing the determination and focus that won him the Mini Youth & Junior category of the National Rugby Awards on August 29.
Mark Lynch and Karen Stirrup, HRC’s head coach and manager respectively, said: “Jamie’s award win captures the ‘spirit of the game’ and is an outstanding achievement. It is fantastic that he is considered by the head of age-grade rugby at the RFU to be the best in the entire country.
“This award speaks volumes for the character of this young man who, through times of considerable adversity, has continued to show his commitment for the core rugby values of teamwork and respect. He is a delight to coach and a credit to his family, and a superb ambassador for grassroots rugby.
“We are extremely proud and indeed privileged to have helped him develop on his rugby pathway, and he’s an asset to his team, coaches and club.”
Jamie’s mum, Ishbel, added: “HRC and in particular Karen, Mark and Jamie’s U14 team mates could not have been more supportive of Jamie at a very difficult time for him. Jamie took great pride in being part of the team and always wanted to be there to give his best and support the team. Him winning this award is a real testament to just how fantastic they are and they should all be equally proud.”