Cellarhead Boxer Scott Lawton chose Middlehurst Special School as the location for his first public appearance since becoming English Lightweight Champion less than four weeks ago. Scott was invited by Headteacher Jonathan May to present the prizes at the school’s sports day. Pupils, which range in age from 4 to 16 with moderate learning difficulties, took part in events including: sprints, relays, obstacle races and a tug-of-war.
The school is currently raising funds to achieve sports college status and aims to raise pupils’ aspirations through success in sport. After the event Jonathan May said: “Some of our pupils visited Scott’s gym earlier in the year and benefited greatly from the experience and have followed his progress ever since then so it was a fantastic treat for the pupils to have their prizes presented by Scott; not only is he a really nice guy but he is an inspiration to the children.’
Scott Lawton also confessed that he had enjoyed the afternoon; “the determination shown by some of the children was really impressive and the expressions of delight on the faces of the winners was a pleasure to see. Some of these children are battling to overcome allsorts of difficulties and I am just glad to help in any way that I can.’