Natalie’s award for excellence

Natalie Chan-Lam �40,000 Ambition AXA Awards from Olympic champion Jason Gardiner

Natalie Chan-Lam �40,000 Ambition AXA Awards from Olympic champion Jason Gardiner

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Sheffield’s rising badminton starlet Natalie Chan-Lam has won a sporting award.

The 15-year-old Sheffield High School pupil received the bespoke Ambition AXA Award for Sport at a celebrity filled gala ceremony in London.

Olympic champion Jason Gardener presented Natalie with her award which has been created to recognise excellence in 11-18-year-olds.

The Ambition Award for Sport looks to find the young person who thinks they may one day win an Olympic medal, someone who aspires to be the ‘best of the best.’

Natalie has a string of national singles and doubles titles to her name, from Under-11 right through the ages to the latest Under-17 UK Schools Games, as well as a run of titles she has won with the England badminton team over the last few years.

Through her achievements and through her promotion of the sport both in school and at club level, Natalie has inspired many other students to take up badminton. Amazingly, she still makes time to play for and coach school teams, encouraging and assisting others to have the opportunity to reach their own level of personal excellence.

Natalie’s ambition is to be selected for the Olympics in 2016.