Award will help to kick-start promising student's sporting career

Eleesha with from left to right) her mum Nicola Hartley, Peter and Shelagh Bagshaw and Mrs Cooper-Westhead.
Eleesha with from left to right) her mum Nicola Hartley, Peter and Shelagh Bagshaw and Mrs Cooper-Westhead.

A sporting star of the future has earned herself an award that will help get her career off the starting blocks.

Eleesha Charnley, a pupil at Ribblesdale High School is the latest recipient of the Dan’s Trust award, a charitable foundation set up in 2012 in memory of Daniel Bagshaw, a cycling enthusiast, gifted athlete and former pupil of Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.

Eleesha, a year 8 pupil, is already excelling in a number of sports including athletics, cross country, tennis and swimming.

She has represented the Youth Development League under 13 and Mid Lancs Athletics for Blackburn and Blackpool and her evenings are taken up with training and at weekends she is competing for her clubs in a range of sports. She also plays an active role in the sporting life at Ribblesdale.

Eleesha is a bright, bubbly pupil who oozes enthusiasm and shows a determination to succeed. She is an excellent role model who shows genuine leadership and a

willingness to help others improve. Coupled with her dedication and natural ability this award will help her achieve her goals.

She was nominated for the award by Mrs Sharon Cooper-Westhead who is Head of PE and Sport for the award.

The Dan’s Trust Award will help Eleesha with travel costs, equipment entry fees and also enable her to attend training camps at home and abroad. Daniel died in the Far East in 2012 while competing in the International Triathlon Union Asian Cup in Hong Kong.

A former pupil of Citheroe Royal Grammar School Daniel was a former student of Oxford University was working for law firm Linklaters.