MOUNTBATTEN SCHOOL's Georgina Barton has recently been awarded the prestigious Mike Hughes Trophy by her Head of Year. The award acknowledges her outstanding contribution to school sport during the last twelve months.

The sixteen-year-old pupil, from North Baddesley, has emerged as a committed and talented all round sportswoman during her five years at the school. Georgina has represented a variety of school teams - athletics, basketball, cross country and football. Last year, she helped the Under16 athletics team reach the English Schools' Athletic Association (ESAA) South West of England Regional Track and Field Cup Final at Exeter. In the same year, she was a member of the cross country team that reached the ESAA's National schools' Cup Final at Middlesbrough. In both sports, she has regularly represented the Eastleigh and Winchester District School Sports Association's teams in county championships.

Recently, she finished eighth in the Hampshire Athletic Association's Under 17 Women's Multi-events championship at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth. She accumulated a points total of 1874 for her five events - 80m Hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump and 800m.

Georgina has recently qualified as a Sports Leader, Level 1, a nationally accredited course organised through the Youth Sports Trust.

As part of her leadership role at school, she has been Senior House Sports Prefect for Wishart House and has been instrumental in the development of a running club for younger pupils.

The school's Director of Sport, Peter Faulkner commented that "Georgina has been a wonderful role model, not only for her sporting talents but also for her dedication and commitment to helping other pupils. The award is recognition of her superb contribution to the school's sporting tradition."

Georgina intends to study physical education and sport at a local college following her GCSEs this summer.