Two talented athletes who are part of Burnley College Sixth Form Centre's Elite Athlete programme have excelled in the Association of Colleges' National Championships, held in Nottingham.
Lucy Daye was team captain for the region's hockey team, which was placed third, with Lucy scoring three goals throughout the tournament and receiving a ‘man of the match’ award while Nick Hennessey competed in the cross country event and came home with a team bronze medal.
This is the latest in a long lines of success for Lucy (16), a former pupil at Unity College, who has been training and competing alongside some of the country's top young hockey players in national contests.and is on course to be one of the country's top players.
Lucy has been playing hockey for 12 years and has represented teams in Clitheroe and Blackburn, as well as being a member of the Lancashire and North of England teams and selected for the England Hockey pathway. She also trains during the week with the Academy of Sport female football team at College, under the guidance of ex-Burnley FC player Gerry Harrison.
With her goal of representing Great Britain in hockey at the Olympics, Lucy is planning to study Sports Psychology at university after finishing her Advanced Level Sports Science course at Burnley College and is also considering a career in Sports Psychology.
Runner Nick, a former pupil at Blessed Trinity RC College, is studying Business and hopes that his career will take him to the United States. A member of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers, Nick represents Lancashire in cross country and trains four days a week to maintain his fitness.
As a member of the Elite Athlete programme at College, both Lucy and Nick receive additional support in strength and conditioning, as well as sports psychology and nutrition, making use of the state-of-the-art fitness testing lab and equipment at Fitness Evolution, the College's on-site fitness centre, alongside their studies.