McKenzie Howell, a BA(Hons) Physical Education student, scooped the University of Brighton Young Volunteer of the Year trophy in this year’s Sussex Sports Awards.
She said: “I was very shocked and honoured - I didn't expect it.”
GB hurdler and relay runner Kriss Akabusi MBE hosted the awards evening at Brighton’s Hilton Metropole Hotel. It was organised by Active Sussex, based at the University.
McKenzie explained her motivation: “If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you", adding: "A dream doesn't become reality through magic, it takes a lot of hard work."
McKenzie is a member of the university’s Netball Club. She volunteers for the Eastbourne-based club and gained the volunteer position of University Student Netball Officer on behalf of England Netball.