Memorial Award presented to outstanding sports personality: Sam Church

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in News | No Comments

Sam Church & Ken Martin

A new award has been introduced at community school to recognise sporting excellence.  Donated in memory of his wife, Pip Miller, the award has been initiated by one of the Academy Trust’s directors – Ken Martin.  As someone who enjoyed and excelled at sport, Ken knew Pip would have approved of an annual award being given to a student at who is deemed to be ‘Sports Personality of the Year’.

The first student to be given the Pip Miller Memorial Award is Year 13 student, Sam Church.  Sam has represented the school at rugby on a regular basis.  He is also a Level 3 Sports Leader and an Advanced Level PE student.

However, Sam’s main sport is golf and he has represented the school and the county of Cornwall at U14, U16 and U18 levels.  Last year, Sam qualified to play in the European Junior championships in Spain.  Past winners have included Justin Rose and former number 1 in the world for his age group, Luke Donald.  50 of the best young golfers in Europe competed for the title.  With some truly outstanding play, and, at times, nerves of steel, Sam won the boys’ tournament, joining ex-student, Sammy Giles, who won the girls’ tournament, as Saltash’s first ever European Junior champions in a sport.

‘We are very proud of Sam and his achievements. Through dedication, discipline and hard work he has developed some excellent skills not just on the golf course. He has developed into a top student at He is a great role model for all the youngsters and a worthy sports personality. Well done, Sam.’
Head of PE – Rob Hawkins 

“I am delighted to present his award.  Pip was a great believer that excellence at all levels and in all areas should be recognised and we believed there was a gap in sports recognition which this trophy fills.  I am personally very pleased that Sam has won it having coached him in his early rugby days, along with his dad.” Academy Trust Director – Ken Martin

Understandably, Sam’s current priorities are in the classroom as he is in the middle of his final year of A Levels.  On being presented with the award, he said, “I am currently only practising golf every so often as I am trying to focus on my school work and exams.  I hope to get back into competitive competitions when my exams are done.  Hopefully, I will get back to competing at a high level once again.  I am really pleased to be the first recipient of this special award.”