Star-studded ambassadors revealed to judge awards

The first judges have been announced who will sit on the 2018 Girls Active Awards panel

The awards are a celebration of the work 8 to 18-year-old girls are doing in primary and secondary schools in England through the YST Girls Active programme to get their peers moving and enjoying PE and physical activity.

Former British champion surfer Sophie Hellyer and England / Harlequins rugby player Abbie Scott are two of the judges to be announced to sit on the judging panel.

They will be joined by:

Sophie Radcliffe - Youth Sport Trust School Sport Ambassador. Sophie is an adventurer, endurance athlete, blogger and speaker.

Baroness Sue Campbell - Director of women's football at the Football Association (FA) and Youth Sport Trust Honorary Ambassador.

Jenna Downing - Inline skating world champion and Youth Sport Trust athlete mentor.

Amy Nugent - Girls Active Awards ambassador

Liah Russel - Girls Active Awards ambassador

Gracie Rowe - Girls Active Awards ambassador

Ali Oliver - Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust.

Ruth Holdaway - Chief Executive of Women in Sport.

Kate Dale - Campaign lead for This Girl Can

Rebecca Adlington - Four time Olympic swimming medallist, broadcaster and pioneering sport entrepreneur.

Girls Active is developed by national children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust, and delivered in partnership with Women in Sport and This Girl Can. It is funded through Sport England National Lottery funding. It involves girls in the design and delivery of PE and physical activity.

Sanchia Legister - Ultra marathon runner and founder of Yoga Hood.

There are five categories for the Girls Active Awards:

  • Leader
  • Influencer
  • Personal Growth
  • Best Squad
  • Future Leader (primary school category).

The awards opened to girls aged 8 to 18-years-old and who were involved in the YST Girls Active programme.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:

This is the second year we have run these awards and we again look forward to a terrific annual celebration of all the fantastic work being done by our Girls Active Ambassadors in schools.

The Awards offer winners the chance to attend an awards ceremony in London as well as take part in money can’t buy experiences. These include a coaching session with Harlequins Ladies Rugby Team in association with Harlequins Foundation, marketing experience with the creators of the This Girl Can campaign, and appearing on World Cup Winning Cricketer Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent’s podcast, The Art of Success.

For more information on the judges, read here

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