JESS BREACH has landed the big prize at this year’s Chichester District Youth Sport and Community Awards.
Chichester Observer readers voted for the 17-year-old Bishop Luffa student to win the Dennis Polhill Award at the annual ceremony.
The rugby sevens international beat off competition from a number of other young sport stars who have competed at a national or international level to land the prize, which includes a £300 donation from the Rotary Club of Chichester Priory to put towards training and equipment.
Breach, from Felpham, said: “I can’t believe I’ve won. I didn’t think I had a chance.”
Breach started playing rugby when she was about six after going to Chichester RFC with her brother and dad John, who played for them.
She played mixed rugby through the age groups then moved into girls’ rugby with South Sussex Barbarians and then Pulborough.
An England call-up for the Under-18 European sevens championship came last year and Breach played in every game, scoring nine tries as her team lifted the trophy.
Breach, who is on the Talented Athlete Sponsorship Scheme, is set to play for England in the same competition this year and wants to turn pro ebentually.
She is also a keen athlete, having competed to a high standard in hurdles, long jump and the 100m.
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