King Henry’s Grammar School student Jack Walker, 16, has received national recognition for an incredible year that has seen him play international rugby above his own age group and learn skills from World Cup-winner Jonny Wilkinson.

Walker, who plays for Leeds Carnegie, was joined by his proud parents John and Suzanne at The Savoy in London to attend the Jaguar Academy of Sport Awards, where he was one of five young athletes who received Special Recog- nition Awards for their sporting achievements.

Hooker Walker, was thrilled. he said: “It was an incredible experience and a really proud moment to be around people like Jessica Ennis, Denise Lewis and Sir Steve Redgrave. Gareth Edwards presented me with the award, which was special for me considering what he has achieved in my own sport.”