Rising stars in Bedford College Sport

Wednesday 11 January 2017

Daniel Bullen, 19, a student of Bedford College, won the Disability Sports Award at the Bedford Sports Awards. 

The event, organised by the Borough Sports Development Team, recognises a wide range of work by schools, club and individuals. Bedford College sponsors one of the key categories, showing its commitment to improving sports coaching.

Daniel, who has dreams of being a Paralympic wheelchair table tennis player, has a catalogue of achievements made during the past year:

Spanish Open (Bronze), Romanian Junior Open (Bronze), Romanian Open (Silver), England Senior singles tournament (Silver), BPTAD/BTTAD class 5 (Bronze), Sportsable class 5 singles (Gold) and Wheelchair Doubles (Gold), Schools Games singles (Silver) and Holland class 5 (Gold).

His commitment to sport is shown by his schedule: Training 2-3 hours, five days a week, gym sessions of two hours, three times a week, league matches on Tuesday nights as well as tournaments and regional sessions on a Saturday. Daniel can also be called up at any time for a week of GB training or required to travel abroad for training, physio or strength and conditioning training.

Daniel also volunteers as a coach at his club at St Neots, is Club steward and is a general role model for juniors at the club.

Bedford College had also nominated twins Aston and Nathan Grant-Williams for the ‘Adult Personality of the Year” category.

Aged 18, the twins played for England in the national handball under 18's semi-final. They also coach local schools and referee under 16 regional and national competitions for girls and boys, as well as running an ‘after school’ handball club at Biddenham and mentoring selected children with challenging behaviours.

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