A Cardiff pupil is celebrating being one of 11 winners in a UK-wide design competition. Zara from Lakeside Primary School in Cardiff entered the WOW badge design competition from Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.  

WOW is Living Streets’ year-round walk to school challenge which sees children who walk to school at least once a week rewarded with a collectable badge each month. The badges are designed in an annual competition, with 11 winners chosen from over 100,000 entrants. 

Zara’s sandcastle scene was chosen as the July badge and at the end of the month will be collected by pupils in over 2,000 schools across the UK if they have walked, cycle or scooted to school. 

Zara and Strider

Zara's success was celebrated in a special assembly this Friday (12 July 2019), where she was joined by Strider, the Living Streets mascot and Caro Wild, Cardiff Council Cabinet Member for Transport.

As part of Zara’s prize for winning, her school were awarded a year of WOW - the year-round walk to school challenge for free. As we approach the end of the school year, 91 per cent of the journeys recorded on the WOW Travel Tracker are active ones – walked, cycled, scooted or Park and Stride. The assembly was a chance to celebrate the great strides the pupils have made to get active on the school run. 

Rhiannon Hardiman, Manager, Living Streets Cymru said:  

“We had over 100,000 entries for the WOW badge competition with some fantastic drawings related to the different seasons. It was very difficult to choose our winners as there was so much creative talent, Zara should be very proud. 

“It’s fantastic to see how many pupils at Lakeside Primary School are getting active with WOW, helping to keep themselves fit whilst also reducing the number of cars and toxic fumes around their school. We hope even more pupils will be walking to school in July, keen to wear their classmate’s winning design.”

Zara is joined by Caro Wild
Zara's classmates celebrate