16/11/2010 by mcmakarolyn
Accomplished MC&MA Girls’ student Leah Farrell had been awarded for her dedication to sport with a glittering trophy at the coveted Manchester Sports Awards 2010.
The year 9 student came third in the ‘Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year’ category at the award ceremony, held at Manchester Town Hall in October.
She joins famous award winners’ Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell and Shaunna Thompson, a former student of North Manchester High School For Girls (formerly MC&MA Girls’), on the Manchester Sport Awards roll of honour.
Leah met VVIP guest international runner Jenny Meadows at the event. Jenny is the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) 800m Bronze World Champion (2009) and 800m Silver World Indoor Champion (2010).
Mrs Flanagan, Special Education Needs (SEN) assistant at MC&MA Girls’, said colleague Sue Samuels from Our Lady’s R.C High School in Blackley contacted her about who to nominate for the award.
“Naturally, both Sue and I said ‘Leah’. We nominated her for her achievements over the last twelve months.”
Leah, who won gold in this year’s Disability Sport Events’ (DSE) National Junior Athletics tournament, said: “I was proud. I was in the same room as famous people who have achieved what they want, so it’s breathtaking I’ve got the chance to do the same.
“I’m very thankful to Mrs Flanagan and academy for helping me to do all these activities, because without them I would have never won this award.”