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Celebrations at Villa Park

Dec 11 2013

Dudley College student Alex Giles was hailed a winner after battling it out against 32 of the region's best at a star studded awards ceremony at Aston Villa, where Alex was crowned the AOC Further Education Sport Student Role Model of the Year.

The West Midlands Community Sports Awards were held at Villa Park and hosted by BBC Midlands Today presenters Nick Owen and Mary Rhodes.

Over 320 people attended the event, including various Team GB and Paralympics GB sporting stars, amateur and professional sports people, volunteers, sports development professionals and leading local figures.

For Alex it was a momentous evening as he was presented with the award of Student Role Model of the Year for coming back into mainstream education from the National Star College, an independent specialist college for people with physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and associated learning difficulties.

Alex completed an extended diploma in Sport as well as several coaching awards and has acted as class representative in meetings with the college's management team, taking a very proactive role in the college's Buddy programme where he has motivated and supported young people facing difficulties to see their education through.

Alex is now studying at the University of Worcester where he will further develop his career as a Sports Coach.

Alex tweeted after receiving his award from Olympic medalist Kristian Thomas: "I'm absolutely over the moon winning the AOC West Midlands FE Sport Student Role Model of the Year tonight at Villa Park. I'd just like to say a huge thank you to everyone in the sports department at Dudley College who made my experience truly remarkable I will be forever grateful! #TeamDudley".

A special mention must also go to Liam Jones who was highly commended for being runner up in the West Midlands Community Coach of the Year category.