Notre Dame student wins Young Sportsman of the Year Accolade

Matty Lee, a lower sixth student at Notre Dame, had cause to celebrate this week after winning the Young Sportsman of the Year title at the 2015 Leeds Sports Awards. The awards, now in their 12th year, are organised by Sports Leeds, a city wide network that exists to bring together all the agencies that are responsible for providing and developing opportunities in sport.
Matty was one of a field of three nominees for the “Young Sportsman” trophy. He trains at the City of Leeds Diving Club and 2014 was his most successful year to date. His achievements included two junior golds, a junior silver and a senior bronze medal at the GB National Cup. He was subsequently chosen for the GB senior team in the FINA Diving World Series. However, later in the year he had to pull out of the Commonwealth Games due to an elbow injury, from which he has now made a full recovery. A lower sixth student, he is currently studying for a BTEC Qualification in Sport.
“It can be hard to balance the amount of training I do with my schoolwork,” said Matty, who trains six days a week for up to six hours at a time. “But I have received a lot of help from my Sports teacher at college.” His plans for the future include taking part in the 2016 Rio Olympics and he hopes to challenge for a medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. His next competition, however, takes place during the Easter holidays when he will travel to Canada to take part in the FINA grand prix.
Former Notre Dame student Alicia Blagg, also did well, scooping the Young Sportswoman of the Year title.

Matty Leesmall