Inspirational Dagenham teenager Georgina Hart has been named Panathlon’s achiever of the year at the 2015 Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Awards.
The 15-year-old, a student at Jo Richardson Community School in Dagenham, received Panathlon’s top individual honour at the seventh annual awards ceremony, held in the Olympic Gallery at John Lewis Stratford City.
Georgina, who has cerebral palsy, was selected from a shortlist of seven inspirational individuals out of thousands disabled young people to take part in the Panathlon Challenge in 2014/15.
Whilst Panathlon’s main ethos is about providing sporting opportunities for all and achieving through teamwork, we also like to recognise the outstanding achievements of some of our individual competitors.
In 2009 we created our Outstanding Achievement Award in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation, who provide grants to projects that benefit young people aged 11 to 25 and have been a supporter of Panathlon for over a decade, investing over half a million pounds in that time.
Georgina, an integral member of the Barking & Dagenham team and the athlete chosen to read the Panathlon oath at the 2015 London final, is the seventh recipient of the award. She collected her trophy from Paralympic swimming champion and Panathlon Ambassador Liz Johnson and Gemma Dunbar of the Jack Petchey Foundation.
10-year-old Jamie Keat of St Augustine’s Primary School in Hammersmith & Fulham won Panathlon’s Sporting Achievement Award and 18-year-old Jack Gair of Great Baddow High School was named as the Young Leader of the Year.
Panathlon would like to congratulate all of the nominees for overcoming their own personal hurdles and achieving success. We would also like to thank the Jack Petchey Foundation and John Lewis Stratford City for kindly hosting the awards.
Further information on our 2015 awards ceremony is available via our news story from the day, whilst you can find out more about some of our most recent award winners via the links below.
Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Awards – Roll of Honour