Katie waltzes off with sports prize

PUBLISHED: 15:56 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:12 26 October 2009

LEADER OF THE
PACK: Young Leader of the Year Katie Webster with Mayor Carl Storer and Stanborough’s Cherie Wiper

LEADER OF THE PACK: Young Leader of the Year Katie Webster with Mayor Carl Storer and Stanborough's Cherie Wiper

A STANBOROUGH School pupil claimed the 2007 Young Leader of the Year trophy from the annual sports awards. Sixth former Katie Webster s contribution, particularly to dance, won over this year s judges. She claimed the award ahead of South of England lacr

DANCE CLASS: Some of the dance exhibitions at the borough awards

A STANBOROUGH School pupil claimed the 2007 Young Leader of the Year trophy from the annual sports awards.

Sixth former Katie Webster's contribution, particularly to dance, won over this year's judges.

She claimed the award ahead of South of England lacrosse player Henry Farrell, Daniel Hughes, Vicky Johnson, Kirsty Ellis-Hall, Daniel Winch and Chris Lovelock.

Katie successfully completed the Community Sports Leader course last year and has now embarked on the Higher Sports Leader course.

DANCE CLASS: Some of the dance exhibitions at the borough awards

She also took part in the Step into Sport programme, completing over 200 hours of volunteer leadership hours.

Her latest assignment is working with a group of Year 5 and 6 students from local primary schools in a gifted and talented dance project.

Stanborough School's Cherie Wiper said: "I'm really glad Katie won the Young Leader Award.

"It's always a good feeling when one of your students does well.

"Everyone back at school was really pleased for her."

The WGC schoolgirl was also a Young Sporting Ambassador for the Welwyn and Hatfield School Sports Partnership in 2007 and attended conferences and many partnership events.

"She is an effervescent young lady who has developed into an excellent sports leader," added Cherie Wiper.

Stanborough's Michele Chapman added: "Katie is organised and enthusiastic and always works hard to give the students a positive and enjoyable experience.

"She is a credit to herself and the school."

Katie wasn't the only Stanborough pupil in contention for the award as Farrell also goes to the same school.

His main sport is lacrosse and he

regularly leads team sessions for the younger children at his Welwyn club and also takes a swimming group at Sandringham School.

Cherie Wiper said: "He has a wonderful manner when dealing with children of all ages."

Overall award winner Katie helped organise one of the dance displays on the night of the awards at the Campus West Theatre in WGC.

The opening Stanborough dance included children from Applecroft, Holy Family, Our Lady's, Holwell, St John's Lemsford and an autistic boy from Lakeside School.

The Bishop's Hatfield dance that followed featured children from St Philip Howard and The Ryde.

From the Onslow family of schools the kids who performed on stage were all from Oak View Primary School.

Onslow pupil Vicky Johnson was also nominated for the Young Leader of the Year award for her contribution towards dance, while school colleague Kirsty Ellis-Hall was put forward for her efforts across a variety of sports.

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