Judges reflect on inspiring Girls Active Award nominations

After a tough judging process, our amazing line-up of judges have picked their winners for the 2019 Girls Active Awards.

The winners will now join the Youth Sport Trust and Women in Sport at a memorable ceremony in Westminster, London next month.

Girls from schools across England were nominated and it was very tough for our judges to choose standout winners in all the categories.

Becky Adlington, the four-time Olympic medallist and swimming champion, said: “Choosing a winner for the GLAM category was extremely difficult. Each nominee seemed so worthy. They all fill the award criteria and have gone above and beyond. It definitely inspired me and made me smile reading each one. It was so close, and I could have put any of them first!! What a choice to be given!”

Louisa McClintock, winner of last year’s Personal Growth award, echoed Becky’s comments: “It was an incredibly difficult decision to pick one winner out of such an incredible group of young women. Each girl had her own inspiring story, and despite not all being able to win, I’m sure each and every one of them will go on to achieve greatly knowing that they’ve made such a positive impact on not just their own schools, but the wider community.”

Jenna Downing, awards ambassador and World Champion inline skater, added: “All the nominees in the Future Leader category were amazing and I found it incredibly difficult to judge. It was fantastic to read about these talented young girls and the work they’re doing at primary school. They’re already having a huge impact on their peers and will certainly be leaders in the future. I look forward to meeting the winners at the awards ceremony in November.”

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination.