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The exceptional achievement of Alexander Marshall-Wilson, who studied at Coleg Llandrillo was celebrated over the weekend as he was Awarded the prestigious bronze BTEC Award for Sports Learner of the Year.

Alex, aged 18, who now studies Sports Psychology at Loughborough University, and who is a wheelchair user, was recognised by teachers and peers for his positivity and commitment to the course which was evident from the start. He ensures he can positively influence others with his experience in disability sports, and organised for a local wheelchair basketball team to hold sessions for over 120 college students to participate in.

Alex’s hard work and dedication wowed the judges, who felt they were left with no choice but to recognise him with a Bronze Award.

Alex said, "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Coleg Llandrillo. It has introduced me to a new perspective, expanded my interests, and set me up perfectly for a career in Sports. I am looking forward to continuing to explore the creative world and I hope this award will inspire others to aim high".

Award winners were recognised by Pearson in over twenty categories, including Health and Social Care, Engineering, Music, Esports and Creative Media, with each winner selected from thousands – and often tens of thousands – of eligible students.

Commenting on Alex’s achievement, Amy Thompson, Programme Area Manager for Sports at Coleg Llandrillo, explained,

“We're all hugely proud of everything Alex achieved here at the college. Alex is a natural Sports Ambassador, and we are so pleased to see that all of his hard work has paid off”

“We look forward to seeing where all of his efforts take him in life – we are sure a promising future in Sports awaits!”

Freya Thomas Monk, Senior Vice President for Vocational Qualifications and Training, said, “After two long years spent giving or receiving lessons behind a computer screen, through face masks, or socially distanced, 2022 has been a whirlwind for everyone involved in education. Considering this, it makes the inspiring achievements documented in [insert name]’s submission all the more impressive. The hard work and commitment he/she/they – and all our award winners – demonstrated is extraordinary.”

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