A BASKETBALL player who will represent Ellesmere Port at the London 2012 Olympic Games picked up a lifetime achievement award from her old school.
Jo Leedham, 24, was the first recipient of the Daniel Keith Foulkes Award for outstanding contribution to sport at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School in 2003.
Last week she was confirmed as a member of the GB women’s basketball squad.
Last Thursday she dropped into her former school to catch up with old teachers and speak to current students.
Jo, who grew up in Little Sutton, took part in a question and answer session with Year 8 and spoke with Year 12 pupils during the visit.
The school’s head of sport Mark Cavanagh was on hand to help present Jo with the cut glass lifetime achievement award.
He said: “She was brilliant. She told her story of her time at our school, and how she got into basketball. It was very inspiring. She went round the school at break time and the kids were getting her autograph.”
Jo spent four years in the US playing college basketball for Franklin Pierce University, New Hampshire and gave tips on how pupils could advance their own sporting careers.
She also spoke to sports science students about her healthy eating and training regime.
Mark added: “It was extremely inspirational for the children to show them what they could achieve.”
The GB team have an outside hope of making the podium at London 2012, in large part thanks to the 5ft 11in guard, who plays club basketball for Bulleen Boomers in Australia.
Jo has been a leading scorer for the GB team’s last six games and the squad will round off their preparations for the games with a clash against reigning Olympic champions the USA at the Manchester Arena on July 18.