A MEMORIAL cup has been launched in honour of a former Sunderland College lecturer who lost his battle with cancer.
Almost 100 students from two North East colleges came together to compete in the inaugural Hedley Cup in memory of their former sports lecturer, Wayne Hedley.
The event was held between Sunderland College and Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington, where the sports lecturer and coach worked.
Wayne was just 34 when he lost his fight against illness last year.
The Hedley Cup will become an annual competition between the two colleges, with students competing at football, netball, basketball and mixed tag rugby.
Guests of honour at this year’s inaugural event were Wayne’s mum and stepdad, June and Bobby Workman.
Graham Mytton, head of sport at Sunderland College, said: “It was fantastic to see nearly 100 young people competing for their college and trying to win the very first Hedley Cup.
“Wayne loved to play, coach and watch sport and his ability to enthuse young people and get them playing was the inspiration for the event.
“I am really looking forward to an even bigger Hedley Cup in 2016.”
Paul Carroll, QE sports development co-ordinator, said: “The Hedley Cup is a really fitting way for us to remember and honour Wayne and the sporting legacy he left at both colleges.
“The students, staff and Wayne’s family all enjoyed a great day of sport that was played in the right spirit.”
The first-ever event ended in a draw, with Sunderland College winning both the boys and girls football matches, victories for QE in netball and basketball and a tie in the tag rugby fixture.
It means that each college will keep the trophy for six months before battling it out again next year.
Wayne’s mum, June, presented the trophy to the colleges’ team captains – Sam Lorimer from QE and Amber Mcloughlin from Sunderland College.
Last year, a team of 22 people from Sunderland College’s sport and public services departments at Bede Campus, took part in the 90-mile Wayne’s Worlds Bike Ride in memory of Wayne and raised thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.