Good things come in 'Pears'

Commonwealth gold medallist Jodie Gibson who studies at The University of Worcester and plays netball in the city will become the latest recipient of a Black Pear Tree Award.
Jodie has done several tours with The England Roses whilst also completing her third year of sports studies at The University of Worcester.
Published Friday, 15th June 2018

Commonwealth gold medallist Jodie Gibson who studies at The University of Worcester and plays netball in the city will become the latest recipient of a Black Pear Tree Award.

Jodie, a member of Severn Stars netball team in Worcester, was part of the England team who won gold at this year's Commonwealth Games in Australia. Tracey Neville's England team beat the host nation 52-51 in the final on the Gold Coast.

The Black Pear Tree Awards are run by World Class Worcestershire and recognise the efforts of people who represent the County. Previous winners include rower Alex Gregory (MBE) from Evesham and swimmer Claire Cashmore from Wyre Forest.

Jodie has done several tours with The England Roses whilst also completing her third year of sports studies at The University of Worcester.

Jodie, grew up in Bury and took up netball at primary school where she was scouted during a match before being invited to join a local club.

She said: "It's been a great year for me, going to the Commonwealth Games and winning gold.

"Worcestershire is turning into a real second home for me; it's proving to be a great place to study. The county has some first class sporting facilities, with a real passion for sport. It's also giving me lots of great netball memories to take forward with me in the future; hopefully into success at Birmingham 2022,” she said.

"It's an honour to get a Black Pear and I will make sure it takes pride of place at my home."

The Black Pear Award was first launched in 2016 and has helped to highlight the breadth of talent within the county, be it through sport, business, education, and the arts or by acknowledging those people who go above and beyond to put something back into their community.

Worcestershire County Council Chairman, Councillor Brandon Clayton, said: "These unique awards are all about celebrating our county and the talent that is developed here and encouraged through business, our young people and our residents. It raises the profile of the county we love."

The Black Pear Award ceremony will be held at The University of Worcester Arena on June 29th at 12.30pm.

For more information please visit: http://www.worldclassworcestershire.co.uk/live/news-events/worcestershire/black-pear-tree-award/.