A Year 8 student from Lewes Old Grammar School (LOGS) has been awarded a prestigious sports scholarship this month, in recognition of her remarkable javelin success.
Anouska Fairhurst, 12, was granted one of only four scholarships by Squadkit, who manufacture sportswear exclusively for LOGS’s uniform supplier, Schoolblazer.
Despite only taking up the javelin 18 months ago, Anouska is now number one in the UK and fourth in the world for her age group. Last year, she competed in 20 competitions nationwide and boasts an incredible personal best of 37.37 metres.
Judges said they were impressed that Anouska had achieved so much in a short amount of time and praised the strength of her application, which was supported by a letter from Robyn Stone, Head of Gifted and Talented at LOGS.
Robyn said: “When Squadkit asked for applications, Anouska immediately came to mind. She is an exceptional sportswoman who has represented the school in a myriad of sports. We are all so happy for her and I’m sure Olympic medals will follow in her future!”
Chosen by Olympic Hockey players Chloe Rogers and Hollie Webb, as well as former Scottish Rugby player Jason White, Anouska will receive support with kit, funding to enter international events, and mentoring from the former athletes.
Her mother, Elizabeth Fairhurst, said: “The scholarship means that Anouska can afford to travel to competitions around the world, which is crucial for achieving her dream of becoming an Olympic gold medallist. We’re over the moon, and so grateful to Squadkit and LOGS for their support. I couldn’t be prouder.”
Later this term, the young athlete will be awarded with the Scholarship and a trophy during a school assembly.
"Winning this award is just awesome. I can't thank Squadkit enough for giving me this opportunity to really go for it. I will train harder than ever now to do even better this year,” said Anouska. “I would like to thank LOGS so much for their incredible support; they are just amazing and the best school ever".