Huddersfield New College has started the first day of a new term in 2021 with some fantastic news! Head Student and Talented Athlete Phoebe Suthers has been crowned the Young Deaf Sports Personality of the Year in the Deaf Sports Personality of the Year awards.

These were hosted virtually in late December, and Phoebe was one of three talented young sporting stars to be nominated in the Young Deaf Sports Personality of the Year category. This has followed a fast paced and successful career in tennis for Phoebe who started playing at just age 8, before competing in in her first National Deaf Tennis Championship in 2013. Aged just 12, Phoebe made her Great Britain debut at the inaugural World Deaf Tennis Championships in Nottingham, where she won the Under 18 girls’ bronze medal. These are just some of the highlights for Phoebe who has won countless medals at bronze, silver and gold and has also competed in championships alongside her hearing peers.

Now her successes have been recognised with this national title – with almost 20,000 people voting collectively in these prestigious awards, Phoebe was alongside some fantastic nominees including a fellow member of her team!

Phoebe says: “2020 was a challenging year for sport– I was supposed to fly to Slovenia to retain the women’s singles and doubles titles won at the Slovenia Deaf Tennis Open in 2018 but obviously due to lockdown this has been postponed. Winning this title has meant the year has ended on a real high, and I am looking forward to continuing to train and hopefully be part of Deaflympics in Brazil this December. College has been incredibly supportive in both my studies and my role as a Head Student – I cannot thank everyone who voted for me enough, and I’m excited to see what the future and this year holds!”

Pete Lombard, Talented Athletes Programme Lead says: “Phoebe is incredibly dedicated to her sport and her studies, and is a model student in all respects, working hard to balance both achievement in the classroom and on the court whilst also being one of our Head Students! We are very proud of this well deserved recognition, and look forward to continuing to support Phoebe in her sporting and academic ambitions. Well done!”

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