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St Austell horse-rider named National winner in Sport England's Sportivate Awards

(L) Zoe Smith, Vicky Rowe & Tracey Crouch (R)

Horse rider, Vicky Rowe, from St Austell, has been named the Sport England Sportivate Participant of the Year in recognition of her contribution and outstanding commitment to sport.

Sportivate aims to give young people aged 11- to 25-year-olds who weren't playing sport previously, the opportunity to discover a new sport of their choice. Once the Sportivate sessions have been completed, the young people are then helped to find a club or venue where they can continue to take part in sport.

Despite being so young, Vicky took on the role of full-time carer to her husband, who has cerebral palsy, after his mother died. Through the Sportivate sessions through Get Active Riding she found a brief escape, giving herself time for one hour a week to take to the saddle and enjoy horse-riding at the Barguse Riding Centre. When Vicky first enrolled to the course she was overweight, unfit and lacking in self-confidence, however through her commitment to the sport, she has changed all that.

Mike Thomas, Director of the Cornwall Sports Partnership said: "Vicky is a remarkable and inspirational individual and thoroughly deserves this award. We are delighted for Vicky and the Barguse Riding Centre who have helped her gain so much enjoyment and confidence from getting back in the saddle. The simple act of giving Vicky the opportunity to fall back in love with riding through Sportivate has proved to be life changing."

(L) Vicky Rowe, Adam Rowe and Helen Grant Sport Minister

Partnership Manager at the Cornwall Sports Partnership, Tim Marrion, said: "Sportivate is such an inspirational programme to get people active and it is brilliant to see Vicky and the Barguse Riding Centre recognised for all of their hard work. The success of Vicky winning this national award enables us to continue to celebrate here in Cornwall the amazing way that sport has transformed her life. To hear how successful it has been to have a positive impact on Vicky's life truly demonstrates how much this programme is working".

Sport England's Executive Director for Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said: "Sportivate is all about helping and supporting young people like Vicky who may have not thought sport was for them. I am delighted that she has been recognised for her outstanding commitment and achievement in sport."

Since its launch, Cornwall has seen over 3750 participants attend Sportivate sessions (495,000 nationally), with 3500 completing their coaching sessions (415,000 nationally). Sportivate is being delivered by the network of 45 county sports partnerships, working with local clubs and providers. It is part of a £56 million National Lottery funded Olympic legacy programme and will benefit hundreds of thousands of young people until 2017.

We are currently targeting men aged 19 to 25 and women aged 16 to 25 - so if you work within an organisation that engages this group of young people or know someone that does then please get in touch and we can do the rest to get them active.

Contact: Lewis Sanders at the Cornwall Sports Partnership on lesanders@cornwall.gov.uk or 01872 323344.