Top national award for ‘passionate’ student

Billie-Lou Lowson picks up the award from Jason Gardener
Billie-Lou Lowson picks up the award from Jason Gardener

An Elland student has won a prestigious award at a national sports ceremony.

Billie-Lou Lowson, from the Brooksbank School in Elland, won the Youth Sport Trust’s Innovation Award at a star studded night at the Telford International Hotel.

She was recognised for her significant contribution to PE and sport in her school and community, and the amount of time she has committed to supporting activities including countless hours of volunteering at sports festivals, coaching programmes and supporting staff with school activities and trips.

She was also commended for her fund raising efforts, which have seen her raise over £4,000.

Billie-Lou said: “I’m made up.

“It was a brilliant night but it was quite nerve racking and my legs were like jelly. We were made to feel like VIPs and it was great to meet Jason.”

Mark Ragan, the Director of Sport at Brooksbank who nominated, Bille said: “She is truly inspirational.

“I never cease to be impressed and amazed when I hear of the countless hours she has volunteered in local special schools. Her energy, passion and commitment are a credit to her and she is a tremendous role model for everyone here at Brooksbank.”

As part of her prize, Billie -Lou will receive a visit to Brooksbank school from sprinter Darren Campbell later in the year.