WALLSEND judoka star Hannah Lewis believes the gold medal she won at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games is proof that her hard work is paying off.
The 17-year-old TyneMet College pupil was in imperious form at the event in Sheffield, sweeping aside all in her path to seal victory in the +70kg category.
And Lewis, who was one of 1,600 youngsters in action across 12 sports, paid tribute to her coaches after she left with gold around her neck.
“I’ve trained hard so it’s good to get the result,” she said.
“It was hard as there are some really good girls in my category, but since last time I’ve really just been concentrating on controlling my grips.
“I think it’s a lot to do with the coaches. They train us really well.
“We’re always on camps abroad and they just always push us that extra bit further to get those results.
“I’ve got the Heart of England competition next, then I’ll go to the nationals and hopefully I’ll win that.”
And Lewis, who trains out of Parks Judo Club in Whitley Bay, admits her experience of the games in Sheffield will live long in her memory.
She added: “There’s definitely a friendlier attitude at the games, everyone’s a team and everyone stays in an athletes village, so I think you become a lot closer and you get a lot more support.”