A Caerphilly man who works part-time at Specsavers has been named Optometry Student of the Year at a prestigious award ceremony in London.
Showing ‘passion for the profession’
University of Plymouth student Luke McRoy-Jones, 20, fought competition from students across the UK to win the award at the Association of Optometrists (AOP) Awards 2019. The ceremony celebrates those who show a passion for the profession as well as improving their peers’ awareness of optical issues.
‘Winning this award means a great deal to me, as it provides national recognition for my extra-curricular activities - as president of the optometry society and student ambassador - and my passion for the industry as a whole,’ Mr McRoy-Jones says.
‘I wouldn’t have received this award without those who have supported me in my journey as a student optometrist, including my course mates, my family and friends, as well as the team at Specsavers. I am incredibly passionate about optometry and excited to see where the future of my career will take me.’
‘Dedication and ambition’
The AOP Awards, now in its eighth year, recognises the highest levels of achievement in UK optics and also includes categories such as Dispensing Optician of the Year, Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year and Optometrist of the Year.
Geraint Jones, store director, adds: ‘Luke’s dedication and ambition have been clear from the start, and it’s evident from this excellent award win that his positive attitude has been noticed by his other peers and the expert judges at the event. ‘I couldn’t be happier for Luke – he deserves all of the praise. I look forward to supporting him as he continues his studies and professional development.’