2015-10-07   facebook twitter rss

Top Trophy for Newton Rigg Student

A student from Newton Rigg College has won a prestigious trophy for his gamekeeping skills – along with a fellow student from Askham Bryan College.

Tom Hesmondhalgh, 19, has been named joint winner of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) Frank Jenkins Memorial Trophy award which is presented to the best full- or part-time gamekeeping student or apprentice of the academic year.

left to right students Ryan Mort and Tom Hesmondhalgh who have jointly won a national gamekeeping award

Students Ryan Mort and Tom Hesmondhalgh who have jointly won a national gamekeeping award

This is the first time there have been joint winners, with the other winner being Ryan Mort, 21, who attended Askham Bryan College in York. Four years ago Newton Rigg became part of the Yorkshire – based college.

Tom, who studied on a Level 3 Countryside Management (Game) course full-time said: “I’m really chuffed to have won the Frank Jenkins. It’s a tremendous honour. Mum and dad are delighted, too. So is my old headkeeper, Tony Rankin, from the Yorkshire shoot where I first started helping out at weekends when I was around nine years old. I loved keepering from day one. I’ve never looked back.

“I think college training is essential nowadays for young keepers with all the complex law and legislation. I’ve now finished at college and landed on my feet with a job as a beatkeeper and I’m really enjoying it. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way.”

Malcolm Riding, the Head of the College's Game Department said:
“Tom was an exemplary student in terms of attendance and getting assignments in on time. He promoted the college at various events and was a major influence on the shoot organised by second year students. However, the main reason he deserves the award is his positive attitude. Tom always has a smile on his face and he takes a very positive approach to everything.”

Brian Mitchell, a National vice-chairman of the NGO, said:
“I’d like to send the biggest of congratulations to both of these young men on jointly winning this year’s Frank Jenkins Memorial Trophy. It is the first time the award has not been won outright. But be in no doubt, in the view of the judges, both these young men were exceptional candidates with a love of keepering running through their veins and deserved to share victory. It would have been a disservice to either of them to come second. They are bright hopes for the keepering world and I wish them every good fortune in the future.”

Newton Rigg

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