Mum’s pride as school creates sports trophy in memory of Carl

TRIBUTE Carl Buckley, pictured with his beloved dog Jess
TRIBUTE Carl Buckley, pictured with his beloved dog Jess

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CARL Buckley was a keen young sportsman who loved football and tennis.

He was so dedicated to fitness that he would get up for early morning runs, constantly trying to beat his personal best.

Shortly before his death, he told his mother that he dreamed of becoming a PE teacher.

Sadly, Carl, of Eastfield Avenue, Fareham, who lost his battle with a brain tumour in November at the age of 20, did not live to see that dream come true.

But thanks to his old school, his name will live on to help inspire other young people to excel in sport.

Carl’s former school, Neville Lovett in Fareham, has created the Carl Buckley Cup in honour of its ex-pupil.

The trophy will be presented each year to a pupil of the school who has excelled in sport.

Carl’s mum, Tracey Buckley, said she was delighted at the gesture in memory of her son.

‘I feel very proud that they have decided to do this in memory of Carl,’ she said.

‘It will be the Carl Buckley Cup which is lovely.

‘We used to live opposite the school and Carl would get up at 6am with his stopwatch and run around the track to improve his time.

‘The best sportsperson should get it but it should be somebody that puts in that bit more effort.

‘It should go to somebody who wants to improve themselves.’

Tracey added: ‘Just before Carl died he said to me ‘Mum, I wish I could have been a PE teacher’.

‘If people are going to push themselves to get this cup then he’s being like a PE teacher, because he has influenced people to do better.’

Tracey, 48, said she felt surprised but honoured when she was told that the school wanted to pay tribute to her son.

‘It was lovely when we got the letter because I didn’t know anything about it,’ she said.

‘He was well liked. He wasn’t a naughty child at all.

‘He had the record for running until about two months before he died.

‘His name was still up on the wall.

‘He would practise anything to get better.

‘He would always push himself and the school know that.’

The Carl Buckley Cup will be presented for the first time at a special ceremony at the school in June.