Sports star Rachel given top honour; TALENT: School pupil's 'inspiring sports attitude' wins her award.
BIRMINGHAM'S emerging young sporting talents were honoured at a special ceremony.
Rachel Garbett, a pupil at King Edward VI school, was praised by Pallasades Shopping Centre judges for her inspiring sporting attitude.
Rachel, aged 14, is a member of the school and Kings Heath hockey teams, captain of the school cricket team and has shown an interest in taking up rugby.
Pallasades spokeswoman Jo Blythin said: "Rachel is such a good example of what sport can do.
"Getting involved with these sports really helped her self-esteem and confidence grow and I hope this award spurs Rachel on to even greater things.
"The event was a brilliant success.
"We met some wonderful young people who demonstrated exceptional courage and determination and reached goals never thought possible."
Rachel was crowned Most Improved Young Sports Person 2008 with an engraved Star Award.
She was also given a pounds 30 HMV voucher, a rucksack from Oswald Bailey and a sports pack from Poundland.
Rachel also took home a pounds 50 Footlocker voucher, pounds 50 Argos voucher and pounds 25 Woolworths voucher.
All the finalists were invited to an awards ceremony at the Pallasades.
The winner was picked by a judging panel composed of BRMB's head of sport and Birmingham Mail columnist Tom Ross, Olympus Sports assistant manager Marcia McKenzie and Roger Clarke, of the Mail's sports team.
The other finalists were Birchfield Harrier Jordan McGrath, aged 18, Baasil Ahmed, 11, from Chandos Primary School, Demar Thomas, 15, from Harborne Hill, and Guy Slater Harris and Geoffrey Okara, both aged 11 and from the Priory School in Edgbaston.
All runners-up received a pounds 10 Footlocker voucher and all finalists received a certificate and a BRMB goody bag.
STAR... Rachel Garbett, centre, with runners-up Guy Slater-Harris (left), Baasil Ahmed and Jordan McGrath, (second left at the back). Judging the event was (from left) Birmingham Mail's Roger Clarke, Marcia McKenzie from Olympus Sports and Tom Ross, head of sport at BRMB, and Jonathan Cheetham, general manager of the Pallasades. Picture Jeremy Pardoe Photo ref: JP100408Sport-01