A COLLEGE student from Somalia has gained a top sporting award.
Rahmo Ali Adan (18), who relocated to Rotherham from the African country and now studies an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course at Rotherham College, has taken up the chance to participate in sports that she could not have in her homeland.
She received second prize at Sport England’s National Satellite Club Participant Awards and was presented with her honour by Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch and Paralympic superstar Dame Sarah Storey.
Rahmo was presented with her award in recognition of her contribution and outstanding commitment to taking part in community sport.
Rotherham College introduced Rahmo to the Places for People Leisure satellite club to let her develop her interest in sport.
The club hosts weekly sessions and offers a range of sports like zumba and boxercise.
Rahmo is now actively encouraging other young women to try out all the sports the club has to offer.
Rahmo, who lives in Rotherham, said: “I recently moved to England. Back home only boys do sport or physical activities.
“I started to do sport at the Female Fitness Club through Rotherham College and it’s become one of my favourite things at college.
“In my free time I now play football and netball with my nephews and nieces. I enjoy walking as well.
“I thank my teachers who introduced me to sport. Sport has really changed my life.”
Rahmo’s efforts were praised by Rotherham College’s sport co-ordinator, Ben Hannan.
He said “Rahmo has been on an incredible journey, overcoming adversity along the way and always with a smile on her face.
“Her achievement is absolutely outstanding and is a credit to her.”
Director for community sport at Sport England, Mike Diaper, said: “Despite the obstacles she has faced, Rahmo’s determination to succeed is an inspiration to us all.
“Thanks to the support of Rotherham College and Places for People Leisure, Rahmo has found a supportive environment, which allows her to try out a range of activities and make new friends.
“Her infectious positivity, reminds us about the many benefits sports can offer, and I hope she will continue to be a beacon for youth sport in Rotherham.”