NESA Induct 2017 Hall of Fame Class

The North East Sports Academies at Tyne Metropolitan College are delighted to announce the induction of five new members to the Hall of Fame.

Women’s Basketball duo Laura Watson and Dominique Allen, along with their male counterparts Lamar Morrison and Ross Wilson saw four former Basketball stars inducted.

The final entrant was Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s Lewis Horner who was a product of NESA’s Men’s Football Academy.

Laura Watson joined the College as part of the NESA Women’s Basketball Academy alongside studying a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching. Throughout her time at the College she showed outstanding dedication to her studies and Basketball. Laura progressed onto a Sport Management degree at Northumbria University and now is the Marketing and Communications Officer for Tyne and Wear Sport. Laura is now a keen horse rider competing in British Dressage competitions around the country as well as continuing her Basketball for her local team in Biddick.

Dominique Allen studied A-Levels at our Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College before progressing to Northumbria University where she represented the University in the BUCS Basketball League. Having picked up the Most Valuable Player award in her first year she was then transferred across to Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma where she majored in Graphic design, one of the subjects that she had previously studied whilst at our Queen Alexandra campus. Amongst her many accolades in Women’s Basketball, Dominique was notably selected for the Great Britain Women’s Basketball Squad at the London 2012 Olympic games.

Lamar Morrison arrived from Birmingham to the College where he originally studied a Level 2 Diploma in Sport before achieving the progression grades to move onto a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching. Lamar was part of a successful Basketball squad that represented the region over a number of years with his talent recognised by the Newcastle Eagles making his Debut in an 88-66 win over Durham Wildcats. Already an inductee of the Northumbria University Basketball Hall of Fame, Lamar returned this year to study a Master’s degree at the University as well as securing BUCS success in Basketball.

Ross Wilson came up through the Eagles Academy ranks before choosing to study A-Levels at our Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College to be part of the NESA Basketball Academy. Whilst at the College Ross’s progress was rapid which was recognised when he was handed a scoring debut for the Newcastle Eagles in the 96-65 home win against Essex Pirates as well as representing England at Under 18 level. After leaving the College in 2012 Ross progressed onto Rice University in Houston Texas where he signed a four year scholarship to study Civil Engineering. Ross has now return to England where he is currently at Durham University studying a Master’s Degree in Finance and Investment.

Whilst at College Lewis Horner studied a Level 2 Diploma in Sport alongside his involvement with the NESA Football programme. His progress at the College went so well that he was soon offered a full scholarship from Hibernian FC, going onto sign a professional contract in 2010. A short stint at Blyth Spartans which included a call up to the England ‘C’ team followed before he signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2014 after a successful trial. During his time at the Club Lewis was part of the squad that won the 2015 Scottish Cup Final.

Deputy Head of NESA Chris Wall: “The NESA Hall of Fame has been a welcome addition to our end of year awards ceremony and gives us an opportunity to celebrate the success of our former learners who have achieved high levels of excellence within the sports industry."

Congratulations to all the Inductees who join last years class of Rachael Bland, GaryLee McMullen, Joseph Danquah, Natalie Henderson and Danny Horta Darrington.