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Shadow Minister for Sport praises teenager after scooping Community Volunteer of the Year award

Shadow Minister for Sport praises teenager after scooping Community Volunteer of the Year award

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan heaped praise on Community Volunteer of the Year winner Daisy Hibbert-Jones for her hard work and countless hours of dedication.

Daisy received the prize at the Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards thanks to her voluntary efforts with the Sale Sharks Community Trust.

The 15-year-old got involved in the Trust after her brother Henry, who has autism, joined the mixed ability team and Dr Allin-Khan, MP for Tooting, was blown away by the selfless volunteer.

She said: “It’s fantastic to be at the awards celebrating people who have given so much of themselves to the sport and all the nominees are very deserving of their recognition.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Daisy [Hibbert-Jones], who won Community Volunteer of the Year, and what she is doing with people with disabilities, engaging with sport and supporting young girls in sport is absolutely phenomenal.

“It’s really great to take the time out to celebrate. It shows about the transformative power of sport and rugby really has a place in that.

“In my capacity as the Shadow Minister for Sport, I always do everything I can to support the work done by the likes of Premiership Rugby to provide people with more opportunities.”

The teenager pipped fellow nominees Edward Wade, of Saracens, and Worcester Warriors’ Julian Lund to the prize after committing more than 100 hours to helping the Trust’s community work.

Daisy’s sibling Henry was nominated for the PLAY Achiever of the Year award and the hard-working teenager was delighted to see her brother’s achievements also recognised.

She said: “It’s a massive honour to win as me and my brother were both nominated and unfortunately, he lost out – but we were both proud to be shortlisted.

“Volunteering has made me more open-minded and I can overcome more challenges because I look at other people and I realise my life is easy compared to theirs.

“I got that through coaching with the Sharks Community Trust and I can see after what they’ve accomplished, they are so much happier with themselves, which is really important.

“It’s great to see the impact afterwards when they achieve what we would consider a simple skill like a pass. You can see in their face how proud they are of themselves and it makes you happy as well.”

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