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- Rochford woman wins public vote for Essex Sports Personality of the Year - 11/12/2019
A ROCHFORD sportswoman has been crowned Sports Personality of the Year at the Active Essex Sports Awards.
Freya Levy, who has muscular dystrophy, is a member of the GB Women’s Para ice hockey team, the GB wheelchair basketball under-25s and is currently the only female on the England wheelchair rugby sevens team.
She is also a campaigner for better access to sporting facilities.
The Sports Personality of the Year award was decided by a public vote.
Last year Freya won the Disability Sports Personality of the Year at the same ceremony, but Active Essex bosses said this year her career had ‘gone from strength to strength’.
This year, she won a bronze medal whilst representing England in the under-25s wheelchair basketball world championships in Thailand.
In 2018, she won bronze in the Para Ice Hockey World Cup in the Czech Republic.
In addition to her own sporting career, Freya helps young people get into sport.
She works with the Panathlon Challenge, which helps more than 22,000 disabled and special needs children access sports.
Freya runs the Boccia England schools programme in Essex and also helps deliver swimming and ten-pin bowling at primary and secondary schools across the country.
She said: “To win the award this year is just a dream and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted.
“It feels great to be recognised by your local community and it will really power me on through to the next season.
“There are so many opportunities to take part in sport in Essex and I’m a true believer that there is something out there for everyone.”