A WIGAN student who was the only person from Europe to be in the running to become an ambassador around the world has lost out at the final hurdle.
Sarah Davies, 21, from Orrell, took part in Global Entrepreneurship Week in Liverpool, as she competed against 15 other finalists for the chance to be a world ambassador for Your Big Year.
She was the only finalist from our continent and she completed a series of tasks, including pitching to Richard Branson and met a host of other leading entrepreneurs from across the country.
But she just missed out on reaching the final 10 in a contest that was eventually won by Charles Batte from Uganda.
As a representative of competition organisers Smaller Earth, the winner would go on a year’s apprenticeship, travelling to visit world leaders and captains of industry as well undertaking Corporate Social Responsibility projects on all five continents.
But Sarah will continue her volunteering projects with Smaller Earth, which offers young people opportunities world-wide and work with the other finalists in a new global entrepreneurship talent-development initiative, Merit.
She said: “It has been really enjoyable, very exciting, and we have had so many opportunities that we could never have done for ourselves.
“I now want to make a positive impact and pass on my good experiences and skills to help others.”
And Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue shares her support of the former Winstanley College student.
She said: “She is a great credit to Wigan and an inspiration to young people across our community.
“It is testament to Sarah’s skill and determination that she was the only finalist from the UK.”
Closer to home, Sarah, who is studying biomedical science at Salford University, is currently in training to compete in the Edinburgh marathon on May 27.
She said: “I’ll probably be running for Wigan and Leigh People First. They are a self advocacy charity for people with learning disabilities.
“It is a really good cause as it enables them to be independent and speak up for themselves.
“I just hope to raise as much money as I can.”
She also volunteers with vinspired Team v, another arm of Smaller Earth, and organised a social event, with a quiz and Wii sports, at St Aiden’s Social Club, in Winstanley, for elderly people.
She added: “We aim to raise awareness of loneliness by going to schools and delivering information about isolation and its impact on health.”