After a tough judging process, the five winners of the 2018 Girls Active Awards have been announced.
The winners have been commended for making a difference to their school and immediate peers, through the positive promotion of activity and sport.
The 2018 winners will be formally celebrated at a ceremony at the House of Lords on 31st October with Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson in attendance.
Cariad Lucas from Buckinghamshire has been awarded the Leader Award, after consistently promoting the aims of her school’s ‘Girls Active Takeover’ club and striving to develop confidence and activity levels for girls of all ages and sporting abilities, as well as promoting sport as enjoyable and fun.
This year’s Influencer Award was given to Riley Morris from Manchester, who has coached, managed and supported female football players in her school. Treating every student individually, she is fair and honest and brings out the best in every student she works with.
Girls Active Group Award has been awarded to Great Marlow GLAM from Buckinghamshire. A group of 15 girls lead the weekly Girls Active Takeover Club with great effect, encouraging and promoting positivity, confidence and self-belief for girls, as well as making activities fun. The group also organised an activity day for 150 primary school children, demonstrating outstanding organisation and communication skills, alongside a mature and enthusiastic nature to make all feel included, welcomed and valued.
Louisa McClintock from Lancashire has won the Personal Growth Award after successfully heading up the marketing of a school dance team, helping with her own anxieties along the way. She bravely and successfully gave a speech on the positive impact sports can have on mental health by sharing her own story of dance and depression at the dance showcase.
The Future Leader Award was given to Tia Kilkenny from Nottingham, who was nominated by no less than seven teachers and students. Tia is known for her enthusiasm for sport and PE and encouragement of others to achieve their best, sacrificing her personal time in order to help and support those around her.
The winners will be awarded with a range of ‘once in a lifetime’ prizes from a coaching session with the Harlequins Ladies and Girls Rugby team to working with the award-winning creators of the This Girl Can campaign.