Teacher Hayley White was afforded an encore by her primary school pupils after picking up the best one-off performance prize at the 2012 Sports Awards.
White, from Cosham, earned the adulation of a packed Ferneham Hall audience after seeing off competition from runner-up Steve Black for the top gong.
And the noise of an appreciative crowd was still ringing in her ears when White was greeted with another round of applause on her return to school the next day.
The south coast’s queen of tenpin bowling currently works at Shirley Warren Primary School in Southampton and won the honour for a maximum 300 score at the Irish Open.
She took her award to work to show the kids her latest accolade in a sporting career littered with silverware.
But the 20-year-old was overwhelmed by the reaction of the school kids and colleagues, who were quick to congratulate White on her heroics.
‘I’m so pleased and proud to have won this award, it means a lot,’ said White.
‘I’m a primary school teacher and took it into school the next day to show the kids.
‘They all clapped for me when I showed them it and it was nice to have some of the children come up to me and say “Miss White, I want to be like you”.
‘That meant a lot and means I can perhaps do my bit to inspire the next generation.
‘The other teachers were also so supportive.
‘My award took pride of place in the classroom that day. It’s now pride of place in my living room, though.’
With selection for the World Championships in Las Vegas just around the corner, White will soon be turning all her attentions to winning gold at the prestigious event.
However, she was affording her self some extra time to revel in the moment of her first News Sports Awards success.
‘It’s so special, it’s the first time I’ve actually won one,’ added White.
‘I’ve been a runner-up three times, so to actually win one is a great honour.
‘I’m so thankful to everyone that helps me and supports me.
‘It means so much as tenpin bowling doesn’t receive that much recognition as a sport or get a lot of coverage.
‘Going to the World Championships in Vegas is the big aim now.
‘Hopefully I will get picked for the team, but won’t count my chickens just yet.
‘If I do go, I’d like to think we can medal.
‘You have to aim high and a gold medal has to be the aim.’
– MARK McMAHON