8:22pm Friday 29th March 2013
FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Judo champion Lele Nairne, of Kewstoke, near Weston, was honoured at the Pride of Somerset Youth Awards for her outstanding sporting achievement.
She has represented Great Britain in overseas championships and Eurocups and is the current Commonwealth judo champion at under-57kg.
To reach and sustain such high standards she has to sacrifice much and dedicates hours and hours to training every week, arriving home most weeknights as late as 11pm.
Weekends are devoted to competitions or further training camps.
She now has her sights firmly set on the Olympic Games, world championships and grand slams.
She's soon off to fight in France, Belgium, Russia and Portugal.
The Pride of Somerset Youth Awards are run by the Newsquest Somerset, publisher of this website, Taunton Rotary Club and BBC Somerset and recognise the outstanding contribution of people under the age of 20 They were sponsored by Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and Somerset County Cricket Club and Museum.
26 young people were honoured at the ceremony held on Friday, March 8, at Taunton Conference Centre, at Somerset College, which was given free for the evening.
Winners were presented with their certificates by six-time Paralympic medallist Deb Criddle, of Trull, near Taunton – and got the chance to try on the gold and two silvers she earned at London 2012 after the ceremony.
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