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Success Knows No Bounds for Freya

posted 20 Nov 2013, 01:51 by Shirley Wheeler   [ updated 20 Nov 2013, 01:53 ]
Freya Levy in the Sixth Form has been very busy over the last few weeks attending prestigious events to collect well deserved awards as well as appearing on TV and playing wheelchair basketball matches at national and international level. 

On 23 October Freya was awarded the Rochford and Castle Point Disabled Sports Personality of the Year for her excellence in wheelchair basketball.  The evening was attended by Chloe Rogers, England Hockey player who said that “being acknowledged by your local community for all the hard work and dedication you have put into a sport helps motivate you to want to make them proud and achieve even more”.  Freya was presented her award by Mr Jeff Stanton of Waters & Stanton in Hockley who sponsored the award and she was chosen as the winner from over 100 nominations across the district.  Freya was delighted to have won this award - “it makes it all worthwhile” she said.  

On 13 November at Colchester United Football Stadium, Freya won the Disabled Sports Personality of the Year at the Active Essex Awards Evening for her exceptional contributions to sport and physical activity in greater Essex. 

She has also recently won the Sports Achievement in the Face of Adversity from The Pack Magazine – a new magazine created to support grass roots sport in the local community.  (Details will be in the December issue)

And, as if that wasn’t enough, Freya appeared on Channel 4 as part of a programme about the Olympic Legacy and how things have changed since 2012.  At first she was quite daunted to have to ask Lord Sebastian Coe questions about different aspects of equality and sports in the local area, but once she had started, she relaxed and enjoyed her discussion with him.

This week she has been invited to attend a United Nations Film Event at King’s Place in London which covers disability and employment across the world. 






Aside from all of the above, Freya is training hard with the GB Ladies Senior Wheelchair Basketball Team, travelling all over Europe to play in international matches.  She has won two silver medals this year:  one in the U25 Wheelchair European Basketball Championships for Great Britain and the other in the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games, representing England Central.  Earlier in the year she played at the Olympic Park for National Paralympic Day.  She is excited about the arrival of a new GB coach from Alabama next week and even more so about the prospect of visiting his home town in January.  She has the world championships to look forward to in 2014 and the GB team will also be travelling to Rio to visit before the 2016 Olympics to get a feel for the country of Brazil and its sporting venues.  

Having been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy over three years ago, Freya’s sporting achievements have gone from strength to strength and apart from her ultimate goal of taking part in the 2016 Paralympics, Freya is working hard to foster links between the NHS and sport as a cure in areas such as depression.    

We are sure you will agree that Freya is indeed an inspiration to us all!  

Here is a picture of Freya in action at the Olympic Park in front of 7,000 people – the last basket of the game to beat Spain 62-50 on National Paralympic Day.