Debbie hailed by minister at the school sports games

Government Minister Andrew Lansley paid tribute to Debbie Foot.
Government Minister Andrew Lansley paid tribute to Debbie Foot.
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A GOVERNMENT minister and an Olympic champion were in town yesterday - but it was a Grantham teen who stole the show with her performance.

Young ambassador Debbie Foote, 17, of Langdale Crescent, Grantham, was invited to open yesterday’s Lincolnshire School Games event at South Kesteven Sports Stadium, alongside Olympic gold medal hero Jonathan Edwards and Government Minister for Health Andrew Lansley.

After her speech, Mr Lansley paid tribute to the feisty teenager.

He said: “It’s incredible she is only 17. I don’t think that I could have done that when I was her age.

“I think we are looking at a future Prime Minister in Debbie Foote!”

Debbie was chosen to help open the games after successfully leading a campaign to save school sports funding from coalition cuts.

Mr Lansley added: “She was campaigning for what she believed in - sport and active living - and her work has helped bring about this schools games.”

Mr Lansley and Jonathan Edwards attended the games to launch a new Government campaign aimed at encouraging children and families to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

The games saw young athletes from around the county competing in track, field and team events in front of a crowd made up of friends, family, local dignitaries and Grantham schoolchildren.