A young dancer has won a special award named in honour of Katelyn Dawson who died in a road tragedy earlier this year.
Maddie Eastwood, 11, from Lindley, was presented with the award for “lighting up the dancefloor with a passion for dance.”
The award was given to Maddie at a dance show at the Lawrence Batley Theatre watched by Katelyn’s mum and dad, Colin and Angela.
Maddie’s sister, Olivia Denton, said Katelyn and Maddie had previously danced together despite the difference in their ages.
She added: “Katelyn’s parents were present at the show and saw the award presented to my sister. Katelyn was a good dancer and this award is given to the dancer who lights up the dancefloor and gives 100%. It’s important that Katelyn is kept in everybody’s thoughts.”
Maddie’s mum Jayne Denton said: “We are over the moon and very proud. They danced together even though their ages were different.
“Maddie really puts the work in. It is all she wants to do. She dances in supermarket aisles and wears holes in the carpets at home.”
Amanda Johnson, who teaches Maddie at Bodyrockerz in Milnsbridge, said: “The award is in recognition of someone who lights up the dancefloor. Katelyn won numerous national awards and Maddie was chosen for her effort and talent. Both were talented dancers.”
Katelyn, who was 15, died in January after she was hit by a BMW as she waited at a bus stop on Wakefield Road, Moldgreen. The police investigation into the incident is still continuing.