A Powys schoolgirl has been recognised for her "exemplary dedication and support" after winning the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service's Young Achiever award from legendary rugby referee Nigel Owens.

Llanidloes High School pupil Macy Bennett was the joint winner with Arianna Protheroe at the glittering awards ceremony in Llandrindod Wells hosted by the most-capped referee in world rugby.

The ceremony included a total of 11 award categories, which were awarded to individuals and teams who were nominated by their peers and colleagues, it included an award for Outstanding Contribution, Charity Champion and the Chief Fire Officer’s Bravery Award, to name but a few.


Macy’s school said they were "incredibly proud" of the Year 10 pupil adding that she had shown “strength and courage as well as working incredibly hard for this award as part of the Newtown Fire Cadets.

"Huge congratulations to Macy."

The fire service will soon pay a visit to the school to promote Newtown Fire Cadets to pupils in Years 10 and 11.

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Speaking during the ceremony at The Metropole Hotel, Chief Fire Officer Roger Thomas said: “This evening is a special occasion where we gather to celebrate the outstanding efforts, dedication, and bravery of all those who contribute to the Service.

"We have come together to not only recognise the exceptional individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond in the call of duty, but also to demonstrate that our role in society is indeed ‘More Than Just Fires’.

"We don’t take enough time to celebrate our great achievements to make mid and west Wales a safer place to live, work and visit.”