Sophie Drakeford-Lewis and Amy Carter named as 2019 TASS Stars Awards winners

This weekend we had scheduled the 5th round of matches in the Premier League 2016/17 season, in Divisions 1, 2 and 3, the results were: Premier League 1 – to view the latest standings click here Academy 59-41 Worcester Reds The Downs 38-53 Tameside New Cambell 59-44 Leeds Athletic Oaksway 41-55 Oldham Turnford 61-46 Viper 10 Blades Premier League 2 – to view the latest standings click here Kent County 49-46 Linden Hucclecote 41-58 Clan Premier Romans 51-42 Ryland Team Bath Toucans 56-37 Teams Jets Chester 58-49 Telstars Premier League 3 – to view the latest standings click here Charnwood 37-63 Cumberland Leyton 44-41 Norfolk United Poole NC 40-64 Sussex Thunder Dominoes 48-47 Grangetown Billericay 43-33 Thoroughbreds

Nominations were made across five categories designed to celebrate the attributes of a dual career athlete: Most Determined, Most Inspirational, Most Committed, Most Potential and Athlete of the Year.

Sophie Drakeford-Lewis and Amy Carter have been named as 2019 TASS Stars Awards winners in recognition of their fantastic achievements combining top-level sport and their efforts in higher education over the last 12 months.

Drakeford-Lewis scooped the Most Committed Award, capping an excellent period of growth for an exceptional athlete.

Drakeford-Lewis caught the eye of coaches, fans and her peers during the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague season. Not only did she help fire Team Bath Netball to third but did all this while studying an Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering degree.

Drakeford-Lewis took her demanding university course and the domestic season in her stride and, at only 20 years old, has already become a recognisable face in the world of netball, winning the Young Player of the Season award.

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She has also adopted a second position – WA – which she played for England A this year, when senior Vitality Roses shooters were in the squad.

Meanwhile, Carter picked up the Athlete of the Year accolade, after successfully combining studying medicine at the University of Manchester with her playing commitments, which included representing Manchester Thunder who sealed the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague title.

She also travelled to Australia with the Vitality Roses’ Fast5 squad during term time and had to balance and manage her studies around this tour.

In addition, she played a large number of England A games against teams in the top six in the world rankings and was impressive in her performances.

Carter has developed her game understanding over the last season and has become an excellent mid-court player, offering a high standard of play in both the C and WD positions.

An independent panel of judges including triple jump world record holder, Jonathan Edwards, Olympic medallist Samantha Murray and 2018 Star of the Year winner, Maria Tsaptsinos, decided upon the five winners.

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