Fleetwood schoolgirl wins Sheraton Trophy
Published on Friday 11th May 2012
15 year old schoolgirl Molly Betmead, from Fleetwood, has won this year's Sheraton Trophy.
She was presented with the trophy by the Mayor of Wyre, Councillor David Bannister, at Wyre Council's annual general meeting held at the Civic Centre in Poulton.
Awarded annually for sporting excellence by an individual, group or team within the Wyre area, the Sheraton Trophy recognises the contribution they have made to the prestige of the borough through their sporting achievements.
Molly was chosen for her exceptional sporting achievements in cross country running and hockey, in particular. Her talent is matched in equal measure by steely determination and commitment to fulfilling her potential.
She holds no less than four Lancashire and North West cross country titles and is a member of Arnold School Hockey Team, currently national U17 champions. She regularly takes part in the junior London Marathon, an invitation extended to only the best young runners in the country and plays netball, cricket, indoor rounders and tag rugby.
A former Shakespeare Primary School pupil, Molly credits the school as playing an influential role in her early life, leading to a sports scholarship at Arnold School. She now repays this contribution at every opportunity, helping out with school events and training young athletes.
Molly was put forward for the trophy by her Grandad, Harold Wilkinson, also from Fleetwood, who said of her in his nomination: 'Molly possesses the heart of a lion. She's one of the most talented, caring, sharing teenagers I have ever met'.
Molly said of her win: "I was a lovely surprise because I didn't know I had been nominated. I'm really pleased to receive some recognition for all my hard work."
"Winning the trophy is extra motivation to keep training hard, especially with my running, and hopefully take part in the full London Marathon in the future."
This is the second time the trophy has been awarded to the Betmead family; Molly's mum Caroline, also an accomplished runner, won the trophy in 2004.
Molly's dedication to sport and pride in her Fleetwood roots make her a wonderful role model for other youngsters and a worthy winner of the Sheraton Trophy.
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