Johnny Lee Lowestoft Active School Hero winner England

Published:
08:20 July 20, 2022



A Lowestoft teacher who continues to inspire kids to get active has been honored as co-winner of a prestigious national award.

Johnny Lee, sports and physical education co-ordinator at Red Oak Elementary School in Lowestoft, was unveiled as one of eight national Active School Hero Award finalists earlier this year.


Johnny Lee, winner of the Active School Hero England Home Nation 2022.
– Credit: Johnny Lee

Recognized as “an unsung hero” for his “incredible” efforts to create fun environments for children to be active, Mr Lee attended a prestigious ceremony in Birmingham on June 30 where he was crowned co-winner of the Nike award Active School Hero Home Nation. price for England.

After beating hundreds of school staff who had been nominated across the UK and chosen to attend an awards ceremony in Birmingham, Mr Lee was delighted to have won.


Johnny Lee, winner of the Active School Hero England Home Nation 2022.

Johnny Lee, winner of the Active School Hero England Home Nation 2022.
– Credit: Johnny Lee

He said: “They had two joint winners from each British nation – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with the whole of the UK prize going to the winner of the Northern Ireland prize.

“I received my award at the ceremony led by Lady Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chair of UK Active.


Johnny Lee, winner of the Active School Hero England Home Nation 2022.

Johnny Lee, winner of the Active School Hero England Home Nation 2022.
– Credit: Johnny Lee

“Apparently there were 500 nominations for the England prize, and it was amazing to come out on top.”

Now in its fourth year, the ukactive awards started in London in 2019, expanded to all parts of England in 2021, and this year has expanded to include Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Country of Wales.

With two finalists selected from each nation – with the UK’s first-ever Active School Hero unveiled in front of hundreds of leaders and stars from the worlds of health, sport, fitness and leisure.

Entries were narrowed down to a shortlist of 20 nominees and then vetted by a jury comprising representatives from Sport England, afPE, The Daily Mile, Women In Sport, London Sport and Active Scotland and ukactive, to choose two winners from each. of the four nations.

Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “Congratulations to all of the Active School Hero nominees and finalists, and thank you for all the work you do every day to show kids that physical activity can be fun for everyone. .”

Mr Lee has been recognized as an active school hero because “he goes above and beyond to help the children of Red Oak Elementary School and the wider community to be physically active”.

He added: “He played a fundamental role in the sporting success of the school.”

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