A school girl who has inspired hundreds of her peers at Bo’ness Academy to become more physically active at school has been presented with an award by Great Britain’s most successful Olympian Sir Chris Hoy.
Abbie McCallum was surprised by Sir Chris during a staged roadside rescue after the school bus taking students on a visit to Sky’s Livingston office faked a mechanical failure. Sky Academy Ambassador Sir Chris then boarded the bus, which had been fitted with hidden cameras, to present Abbie with the Sky Sports Living for Sport Student of the Year Award for Scotland.
He then took the stunned Abbie on the rest of the journey to the tour of Sky’s office by rickshaw.
Abbie, 18, is one of thousands of secondary school pupils participating in Sky Sports Living for Sport projects throughout the UK and Ireland. The free Sky Academy initiative, delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, uses sport to help young people build practical skills and self-confidence. The annual awards recognises and rewards the success of students and teachers.
Abbie was chosen to take part in Sky Sport Living for Sport as a project leader to increase her self-confidence and encourage participation in extra-curricular activity. As part of her project Abbie inspired hundreds of fellow pupils to become more engaged and active at school, creating and running weekly dance classes, setting up a school sports day and visiting local primary schools to champion her dance council.
Sky Academy Ambassador Sir Chris Hoy said:
Abbie’s passion and dedication to her role as project leader in Bo’ness Academy’s Sky Sports Living for Sport project is absolutely fantastic. Her ability to inspire and lead through Sky Sports Living for Sport has positively change the lives of many of her peers both in and out of the classroom. Bo’ness Academy should be very proud to have a student of Abbie’s calibre.
When asked about Abbie’s accolade, Bo’ness Academy teacher Jonathan MacWhirter said, “In all my years of teaching I have never met a pupil who is as dedicated and passionate as Abbie. Being involved in Sky Sports Living for Sport has changed Abbie’s life and has given her so many opportunities she wouldn’t have had before. Abbie grabbed the Sky Sports Living for Sport project with both hands and made a positive impact to hundreds of pupil’s lives in Bo’ness. If ever there was a story which highlights the power of sport it is this one.”
For Abbie's full case study please clip here.
For further information on Sky Sports Living for Sport award winners or to sign up visit www.skysports.com/livingforsport.