An East Lancashire college student has won a national BTEC award for outstanding achievement.

Dominika Bzdon, 18, who studies at Nelson and Colne College had her achievements recognised at the ninth annual BTEC Awards at Central Hall Westminster.

The BTEC Level 3 Sport student from Nelson was awarded BTEC Sport Student of the Year after achieving Triple Distinction* in her studies.

She will now become the first generation of her family to go to university to pursue her career goal of becoming a sports coach or PE teacher.

She said: "I’m excited to win the BTEC Sport Student of the Year Award – it is an amazing feeling one and that is totally unexpected."

The former Marsden Heights Community College student has also volunteered every week to help children in their learning at Blacko Primary School.

And she was crowned as the college’s Extracurricular Champion for her commitment to the programme after completing dozens of sessions across approximately 20 different activities.

She added: "Sport has always been a major part of my life and this led me to choose the BTEC route at Nelson and Colne College, because it allows me to study something that I love doing.

"I feel really passionate about sport, health and the effects of sport on people."

Spanning 24 categories, the Pearson BTEC Awards showcase the fantastic effort made by students to gain recognised qualifications which are heavily in demand from employers and universities.

Hosted by the BBC's Steph McGovern, an expert panel of 52 judges carefully considered each nominee before deciding upon a winner.

Principal of Nelson and Colne College, Amanda Melton, said: "I am absolutely thrilled for Dominika, and she is very worthy of receiving this national accolade.

"This award really is richly deserved. Well done Dominika."