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Essex teacher, and former hockey medallist, wins award for inspiring young people for more than 25 years


Tabor Academy’s SENCO Miss Lynn Bollington, 53, Chelmsford has won a Jack Petchey Leader Award to recognise her commitment to others.

During her 32 years playing as a forward for Chelmsford’s 1st Ladies team, Lynn won a Silver and two Bronze medals in National and European Competitions. She was then selected to represent England in the U21s, B team and full team - where she played in the World Cup in Amsterdam. She also gained over 50 Caps for England Indoor Hockey and won Bronze, Silver and Gold over a nine year period.

After leaving hockey in 2008, Lynn completely threw herself into her teaching career at Tabor Academy in Braintree. She has been Head of girls' PE, Head of Year, Head of House and the latest feathers in her cap are SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and Safeguarding Officer.

“Miss Bollington has worked at Tabor for over 25 years and has been an inspiration to so many aspiring hockey players that we've lost count!” says Julia Aves, Tabor Academy’s Jack Petchey coordinator. “She is one of the most admired and respected members of staff at our school.”

It’s no secret why. Lynn has given up plenty of her own time for the benefit of others. She has taken part in an exchange trip to China, a World Challenge trip to Ecuador, cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats and even hiked up Mount Kilimanjaro. Lynn’s commitment towards others is clear – she has completed the London to Brighton Charity Bike Ride TWENTY times.

Lynn believes these triumphs have stemmed from her passion for travel. “I also love a challenge and pushing myself to achieve something that you really have to work for. Once you have done it no-one can take it away from you.”

“I was really honoured and humbled to receive the Jack Petchey Leader Award,” adds Lynn. “I love doing the things I do and if it inspires young people at the same time then that is a real bonus. It is always nice to be appreciated and acknowledged for what you do –it helps make the hard work all worthwhile.”

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