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Teenage winner of Playsafe 2016 congratulated

Published on: February 17th, 2017

Shannon Pardoe received her award at Toy Fair.

teen480Shannon designed a new toy praised as being ‘ahead of the competition’, and has been congratulated by trading standards professionals and experts in the toy industry.

Shannon Pardoe was announced as the overall winner of Playsafe 2016 and recently received her award at the British Toy and Hobby Association’s annual Toy Fair in London.

The 14-year-old, from Highsted Grammar School, Kent, impressed judges with her ‘Wack A Math’ toy design, which incorporated safety features but also had a fun, educational twist that challenged players to answer maths questions correctly.

Organised by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) and the British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA), Playsafe is an annual competition that encourages children to design toys that reflect appropriate product safety requirements.

Leon Livermore, CTSI chief executive, said: “It is so important to raise children’s awareness of consumer issues and aspects of product safety and Shannon’s design did just that, but in a fun and imaginative way. With so many fantastic entries this year, I hope this has given young people a national platform to showcase their creative ideas.”

Shannon was chosen from more than 250 entries and selected as the overall winner, after coming first place in the 12 to 17-year-old category. She took home £100 for herself and £1,000 for her school.

Natasha Crookes, director of communications and public affairs at BTHA, said: “Shannon’s design was very much ahead of the competition and its incorporation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics reflects the current trend of toys on the market this year. We loved the name and theme, and thought the whole design showed great imagination and creativity. Shannon has a great future ahead and we hope to see her back showcasing many more designs in years to come.”

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