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St Mark’s pupil Tegan receives prestigious Diana Award

Education: Secondary / Sat 26th May 2018 at 05:13pm

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ST MARK’S PUPIL RECEIVES DIANA AWARD

ST Mark’s Year 11 pupil, Tegan Lintonbon-Baker, has received a Diana Award for volunteers. The Diana Awards were established in 1999 by the Government, who wanted to continue Princess Diana’s legacy through a formal way of recognising young people who go above and beyond the expected in their local communities.

Tegan has volunteered for 5 years with school netball teams and a local netball club, coaching young players. She attends training sessions and matches for both her school teams and her local club, working on training drills, improving technique and monitoring play in matches to identify areas for further development. Already, in this academic year alone, she has volunteered 150 hours.

Tegan’s positive impact on a large number of girls has helped raise self-confidence and self-esteem in young players, as their skills improve and they achieve success. Teachers and pupils refer to Tegan as a positive role model. Younger pupils recognise her commitment and selflessness for their benefit, and the success she has achieved as a player herself has inspired them and they look up to her.

Tegan will attend a special ceremony in London in July, where she will receive her award. She is also invited to visit Althorp House in Norfolk during the summer; this is the ancestral home of Princess Diana.

On hearing of the honour Tegan said, “ I was surprised to be nominated as I was just enjoying my volunteer work and not expecting any awards. I am delighted to receive the award and grateful to everyone at St Mark’s who contributed to my nomination.”

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