Worcester Sixth Form College student placed second in Photography Competition
Max Willcock, a second year student at Worcester Sixth Form College, has been awarded second place in the Worcestershire Young Photographer of the Year competition 2015 which is run by Beacon Camera Club. This is a particularly significant achievement as Max has been a runner-up two years in a row. ‘Desert Storm’ was the photo that Max entered into the competition and he explains that it illustrates an Army Air Corps Westland Lynx MK7 helicopter taking off from the beach at Weston-super-mare during the Air Festival last year. The image forms part of Max’s project on aviation for his A2 Photography coursework. Max explains how he was able to capture the image and says: “I noticed that the helicopter crew was preparing to take off so I managed to get in position just before the engines started. As the rotors’ downwash became stronger, the sand began to shift and was kicked up in the air. The photograph was taken just after the aircraft left the ground and I then had to quickly shield my camera equipment from the powerful blasts of sand generated by the helicopter.” To acknowledge his achievement, Max has been invited to attend the Beacon Camera Club Awards Night where he will receive a mounted print of his photography and he has also been invited to attend a photographic workshop in the summer for all competition winners. After he has completed his A level studies at College, Max hopes to continue various photographic projects and undertake work experience in the industry before studying Photography at university.
Worcester Sixth Form College student chosen to represent British Colleges’ Hockey team
Sam Langston, a first year student at Worcester Sixth Form College, was successfully chosen to represent the Association of Colleges British Colleges’ Hockey Squad. Sam explains that the onerous selection process involved two sets of trials the first of which involved approximately sixty-four boys from the southern regions. The second trial involved sixty successful students from the northern and southern regions participating in a number of matches and skills-based exercises before being narrowed down to a final squad of twenty-four individuals. As part of the British Colleges’ Hockey Squad, Sam will predominately play in international fixtures against teams such as the England Under-16s, Scotland Under-18s and the Welsh Under-18s. Sam has already attended a two day residential training camp at Cannock Hockey Club and played in matches against the University of Worcester, University of Birmingham and Cannock XI. After the Colleges’ team won all of these matches, they played the England Under-16s and while they unfortunately lost 5-4 on this occasion, Sam says that they will have an opportunity for revenge in April when they will play the team at an event at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire. Congratulations to Sam on this achievement and good luck for forthcoming fixtures!