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Christopher is top sports personality

WHEN it comes to basketball, Christopher Stainton is head and shoulders above the rest.

At 6ft 3ins, not only does he tower above his classmates but the 16-year-old has also been voted the sports personality of the year at St Monica's High School.

During his time at the Bury Old Road school, Christopher has netted himself a number of achievements.

He has played basketball there since his first year and is currently captain of the Year 11 team, a role he combines with being assistant coach to the Year 9 team.

Outside of school, the teenager competes for the Under 16s and Under 19s Bury Blue Devils Basketball Club, where he is proud of his captaincy.

As well as playing the game, Christopher also does the scores as a basketball table official and has reached level one as a basketball referee.

He has played for the North West of England in the Under 14s team and has been involved in the North Area Performance Centre training for his sport.

In addition to his basketball skills, Christopher also keeps goal for the Year 11 football team.

His PE Teacher Nicola Caton said: "Christopher was an outright winner of sports personality of the year. It was unquestionable whether he would win. He has been an absolute credit to the school and the PE department all the way through his time at St Monica's. As well as being a talented sportsman, he is a genuine young lad who is always willing to help."

Miss Caton said that Christopher, whose father is head of PE at The Derby High School in Bury, was "absolutely thrilled" to win the coveted trophy, which was sponsored by H.H Smith & Son, a local building firm.

The school honoured its talented sportsmen and women at a sportman's dinner attended by family, staff and sponsors.

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