Kathryn scoops sports writing prize
A pupil at St. Mary’s has scooped one of the top prizes in a competition to discover the talented sports writers and journalists of the future.
Year 8 student Kathryn Cain, aged 12, came first in the 11-16 year category of the Children’s Sports Writing Competition, organised as part of Merseyside’s recent Sports Book Festival and supported by the University of Liverpool. Children and young people were asked to come up with a short story, poem or piece of descriptive writing about their special sporting day or a memorable sporting moment. Kathryn won a Kindle Fire tablet computer for her short story Match Point which described the exciting conclusion of a doubles tennis match.
The festival featured a number of well-known sports stars talking about their books including Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, Everton star Alan Stubbs and London Olympics triathlon champions the Brownlee brothers. Jamie presented Kathryn with her prize and she was also invited to stay for his talk afterwards which she describes as ‘inspirational’.
Other sports writers who spoke at the event included Brian Barwick, former ITV Head of Sport and Chief Executive of the Football Association, and Duncan Hamilton who wrote the authorised biography of George Best.
Principal, Mike Kennedy, said, “I was delighted to learn about Kathryn’s success in this competition. It’s a real feather in her cap to be recognised at such a high-profile sporting gathering.”
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