AN OLYMPIC champion boxer has presented awards that pack a punch at West Cheshire College.
The college’s annual awards ceremony, held at the Ellesmere Port campus, saw super-heavyweight boxer and gold medallist Anthony Joshua present awards to more than 40 students.
Daniel Watling, 23, from Chester, studying hairdressing City and Guilds NVQ diploma Level 3, won the Jenny Ellis Hairdressing Student of the Year award at the ceremony.
He said: “I decided to study hairdressing as it is something I have always been interested in. I’ve done the NVQ Levels 1 and 2 and have progressed on to the Level 3 course.
“I’m really proud to have won this award and it really shows that all of the hard work put in is recognised and it does pay off.”
Luke Bailey, 18, from Chester, who studied public services BTEC extended diploma Level 2, won the West Cheshire College Public Services Student of the Year award for going the extra mile during his studies.
Luke, who is also the college’s student president, said: “I want to join the police and the public services course has provided the right training for me to do this. My goal is to work either in the first or armed response unit.
“I was chosen to ask Anthony Joshua questions during the awards ceremony on behalf of the students. I was nervous but it was a great experience.”
Principal Sara Mogel said: “The college awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the achievements of individual students who have worked hard and have been successful during their course by showing a high level of skill, self-belief and determination.
“Having Anthony Joshua giving out the awards was inspiring for our students as he has gone from studying at an FE college similar to West Cheshire College to number one in the world in boxing.
“I hope he has shown our students that they can achieve anything they want with hard work and determination.”
Anthony said: “These students have worked really hard and deserve to be recognised.”