Emma hopes to make a splash at sport awards

Athlete Emma Cassell.
Athlete Emma Cassell.

A TOP young swimmer will find out next week if she has been named winner of a nationwide sports award.

Emma Cassell, a student at Hartlepool’s Manor College of Technology, will rub shoulders with top sports stars at a glitzy awards ceremony at Wembley Stadium next week after being named Sky Sports Living for Sport Student of the Year 2011 for the North-East.

The 12-year-old will join 11 other regional finalists from across the UK at the Sky Sports Living for Sport Awards 2011 next Thursday.

Emma, who lives in Owton Manor, is also in the running to be overall UK winner.

She was selected after her school took part in the national initiative.

Judges were impressed with how she had excelled in swimming.

Olympic sprint legend and Sky Sports Living for Sport Ambassador Darren Campbell will present the finalists with their awards.

The overall UK winner will receive their award from Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty Gallacher.

The award scheme has encouraged schools across the UK to nominate pupils whose involvement demonstrates how sport has supported them in developing skills such as confidence, respect and a sense of achievement.

Emma, who was inspired by a visit from athlete mentor and double Commonwealth champion swimmer Chris Cook, stood out as a winner because her story “clearly demonstrated how motivating sport can be to young people and how it can lead to increased attainment and achievement in all areas of life”.

The overall UK winner will receive a £100 sports voucher and their school will secure an extra visit from an athlete mentor and £2,000 towards their next Sky Sports Living for Sport projects.