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Star sports student meets David Beckham and Jessica Ennis

David Beckham said the achievements of Farnborough student Bethan Gill are 'inspirational'

Bethan Gill collects her award from David Beckham & Jessica Ennis at the Sky Sports Living For Sports Awards 2014

A Farnborough schoolgirl received a prestigious sports award from David Beckham and Olympic hero Jessica Ennis.

Bethan Gill, who was a selective mute at primary school, has been crowned the Sky Sports Living for Sport Student of the Year.

She was presented with the trophy by the football icon, the heptathlon and Great Britain hockey star Alex Danson on the Sky Sports 1 show Game Changers.

Bethan was chosen for her remarkable progress in the classroom and on the sports field in the five years since she joined the Sky Sports Living for Sport projects.

More than 70 athletes mentor and inspire pupils through sport as part of the scheme - now in its 11th year.

Having been a selective mute at primary school, Bethan was unable to speak in specific situations or to specific people because of extreme anxiety.

Now Bethan acts as a sports leader, a house captain and a sports ambassador for her school.

She is also set to join the Military Preparation College at Farnborough to take a BTEC level 1 in Sport and Active Leisure.

Beckham said: “It was a privilege to be able to give Bethan her award today and celebrate her inspirational story on what really was an incredible day."

Fleet GB hockey star Danson said: “I’m absolutely bursting with pride! To think when I first met Bethan five years ago she was a shy, quiet withdrawn person in the classroom – and now she’s being interviewed by Sky Sports and collecting her reward.

“It is a testament to Bethan and to what this initiative is all about.”

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

Bethan won the prize after being named as one of three finalists, and was chosen as the overall winner by a judging panel, including Sky Ambassadors Beckham and Ennis-Hill.

The organisers said this was "in recognition of the outstanding personal journey she has made" both on and off the sports field.

Ennis-Hill added: “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.”

 

 

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