Well Done to Olivia – Young Sportsperson of the Year

Sport student, Olivia Gallagher, has been named ‘Young Sportsperson of the Year’ at the Pride of Sport Awards 2018!

The Pride of Sport Awards recognise those who have made contributions to sport and celebrate individual achievements in sport at local and national levels. Olivia was presented with the ‘Young Sportsperson of the Year’ award for her determination and record-breaking successes in wheelchair racing. She told us:

“There’s still not enough words to describe how I feel, it just doesn’t feel real. I do wheelchair racing up to 1500 metres, including 100, 200, 400 and 800 metre races. My coach nominated me for the award giving reasons for why she felt I should win it. There was a big ceremony in London with a red carpet and lots of celebrities.”

“The College has been really supportive. I have a few international competitions this year meaning I’ll have to be out of lessons for a few days, but they understand and are encouraging me to get to the top.”

“The next thing I’d like to do is the Junior World Championships in Switzerland and carry on climbing the rankings. Sport gives me freedom and the confidence to be independent. This is only the beginning of what could be a really great career for me in sport.”

Well done Olivia!

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