Jemima Ridley from Sir William Borlase’s Grammer School in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, has been nominated for the Leader category in the 2019 Girls Active Awards.
Whilst Jemima has always been a keen runner, she has struggled with team sports due to a condition she has to manage daily, Dyspraxia, a developmental co-ordination disorder. Jemima understands the importance of keeping fit and active but also understands the barriers that some sports present too and has worked hard to find activities that work for her and her condition.
As part of being involved in Girls Active, she set up a lunchtime club at her school, regularly getting over 15 girls attending.
“Running Girls Active sessions at lunchtime, she was able to show the other girls that you don’t have to be the top hockey player to stay active and enjoy physical activity” says her teacher, Miss Lewis, who nominated Jemima for the award.
“She has grown in confidence and has shown outstanding leadership skills throughout the programme. A true role model to her peers and the younger girls in the school” she adds.
Jemima also told us how Girls Active has helped her to develop her leadership skills and is passionate about helping other girls to enjoy sport, she said;
“I was really excited when I was given the opportunity to lead Girls Active as I want to get more girls to enjoy sports.
“Having struggled with traditional sport at school (as I have a form of dyspraxia) I believe that everyone can find a sport they love given the opportunity and I want more girls to experience all the positives that sport brings.
“Initially I found running a club quite daunting but as the club grew I became more confident as a leader and I really enjoy leading girls active.”
Jemima is photographed on the far right.