HE BEAT hundreds of other children and now five-year-old Leo is celebrating after winning a competition to design the trophy for the America’s Cup.
Leo Howard was picked as the winner of the competition set up by the 1851 Trust to celebrate the America’s Cup coming to Portsmouth next month.
Leo, a pupil at Solent Infant School in Farlington, has won tickets to watch the sailing on Sunday, July 26, and will become part of the presentation team during the official prizegiving.
He said: ‘It’s great because I have been working so hard on it. I was surprised that I won. I’m excited.’
Leo’s design is based around the Spinnaker Tower, with elements of sailing etched into it. Children from the age of five up to 15 were invited to enter the competition.
Around 1,200 children from across Hampshire entered the competition.
As a Portsmouth resident, at a Portsmouth school, it is great that his name and design will go down in historyLucy Kilby, headteacher
Mum Aisia Howard, 31, said: ‘It’s so exciting. He worked so hard and put so much effort into the design of the trophy. He did research and everything. We are so excited and so proud.
‘The fact that his efforts have been recognised and he’s won the competition is amazing.
‘We started looking at what the America’s Cup was and the style of boats that are used. We looked at images of Portsmouth and the Spinnaker Tower was a big feature.
‘The fact that he’s going to be involved with the presentation of the trophy that he has designed is amazing.’
Naouele Mchugh is a Year 2 teacher at the school.
She said: ‘As part of our sports week we wanted to have a theme based on the America’s Cup because it’s happening locally. We thought it would be a good introduction to it for the children.
‘Leo has done really well. We feel so proud.
‘It’s such a great achievement for him that hopefully will stay with him for a very long time.’
Headteacher Lucy Kilby added: ‘We are thrilled that one of our pupils has won the competition, he certainly deserves his win.
‘As a Portsmouth resident, at a Portsmouth school, it is great that his name and design will go down in history.
‘The cup is the talk of the playground in the lead-up to the event, which I am sure will put our wonderful city on the map once again.’