Sky Sports Living for Sport: David Beckham and Jessica Ennis-Hill present award

Last Updated: 29/08/14 11:03am

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A Hampshire pupil has been crowned Sky Sports Living for Sport Student of the Year by David Beckham and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Bethan Gill of Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College in Farnborough was presented with the trophy on Tuesday in a special one-off episode of Game Changers, hosted by Darren Campbell and Di Dougherty, and broadcast simultaneously live on Sky Sports 1 HD and Sky 1 HD.

Bethan is one of over 50,000 students nationwide who last year took part in Sky Sports Living for Sport, a secondary schools initiative delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust.

She was one of three finalists and chosen by a judging panel, including Sky Ambassadors David and Jessica, in recognition of the outstanding personal journey she has made on and off the sports field.

The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of pupils and teachers in using sport to improve lives through their involvement in Sky Sports Living for Sport. Now in its 11th year, the initiative works with a team of over 70 Athlete Mentors to inspire pupils to harness the power of sport to improve young lives.

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Beckham said: "It was a privilege to be able to give Bethan her award and celebrate her inspirational story on what really was an incredible day.

"What an honour to meet so many other outstanding students, teachers and Athlete Mentors too. They are shining examples of what Sky Sports Living for Sport is all about and demonstrate the power that sport can have in helping young people believe in themselves and reach their full potential."

Ennis-Hill, reigning Olympic heptathlon champion, added: "Congratulations to all the winners and finalists; you really did show why Sky Sports Living for Sport can be such a life-changing initiative.

"I hope that these Awards will leave us all more inspired than ever that sport has the power to make a huge difference to young people's lives; not just on the field or on the track but in every area of life."

Having been a selective mute at Primary School, meaning extreme anxiety led to her being unable to speak in specific situations or to specific people, Bethan now acts as a sports leader, a house captain and sports ambassador for her school and is set to join the Military Preparation College at Farnborough to take a BTEC level 1 in Sport and Active Leisure.

Prizes were also awarded in two further categories, with Stacey Howard of Holy Family RC High School, Carlton, Yorkshire, named Teacher of the Year and Rastrick School of Brighouse, Yorkshire, the recipient of the Project of the Year Award for its Aussie Rules Football project.

An additional nine students also received Highly Commended medals in recognition of their achievements through Sky Sports Living for Sport.

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