MEET OUR 2018 yorkshire young achiever award winners
Personality of the Year
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Nile was selected for the artistic gymnastics 2018 World Championships in Qatar last week but injured a finger so had to pull out with only weeks to go.
He has a host of medals to his name, starting even before he graduated to senior level. He was crowned British Junior Champion in March 2014 and received the Young Sportsman male award at the Leeds Sports Awards. He competed at the 2014 European Championships in Sofia in May, winning five gold medals to become the first British gymnast ever to win five gold medals at the European Junior Gymnastics Championships.
His move to senior level for the 2014 Commonwealth Games saw him take a total of four medals, including his first individual gold medal in the horizontal bar.
At the Rio Olympics in 2016, he became the first British gymnast to win bronze in the horizontal bar.
This year has seen his add to his tally with five more medals at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, with gold in the men’s artistic team all-around, the individual all-around and the horizontal bar and silver on the rings and parallel bars.
Youngster of the Year
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Evie was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2013 when she was just eight. She was so ill that she missed celebrating her ninth birthday but that was her moment for realising that she didn’t want gifts, she wanted donations to the charity which supports people with Crohns and Colitis.
Having a chronic condition means she has periods in hospital, being fed through a tube, to keep her symptoms under control and has to take daily medication.
Despite that, she raises funds for research and has donated £3,000 to the Paediatric Gastro team to help other young sufferers. She also works tirelessly to raise awareness of inflammatory bowel disease and has spoken at a number of events. She also worked with Leeds City Council to produce and launch a guide for staff in schools on how to support learners with complex medical needs.
Achievement in the Arts,
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Alfie, who celebrated his tenth birthday at the weekend, has played Arthur Thomas in Emmerdale for eight of his ten years.
His storyline recently involved the death of his character’s dad due to dementia and the consequences of dealing with the aftermath. Not only was his acting praised but, rather than just moving on to the next scene, he wanted to find out more about dementia.
As a result of his involvement, he decided to help with some fundraising, taking on a sponsored swim in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and raising a massive £5,400.
He has also become a Dementia Friend as part of the Alzheimer’s Society’s biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia.
Achievement in Management & Enterprise
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Russell Bisset of Northern Monk Brew Company
Russell became interested in brewing beer in his early 20’s and has turned that passion into one of Yorkshire’s most exciting new businesses. From a start which saw him “cuckoo” brewing, using other people’s facilities, he took a £5,000 windfall from his grandmother to set up the Northern Monk Brew Company in a Grade II listed mill in Holbeck.
Having attracted further investment, Northern Monk has gone from producing ten barrels of beer a week, which is 3,000 pints, to 130 barrels a week which is an incredible 39,000 pints. In just three years the brewery has a workforce of 22, its own bar and events space and sees its craft beers stocked in both Morrison’s and Mark and Spencer. A second facility just half-a-mile up the road from the Holbeck base has also opened recently.
Dedicated to the North and its industrial heritage, Russell collaborates with other breweries and businesses to help strengthen the region for positive change whilst also showing a commitment to working with charitable organisations who share the same respect for humanity and natural resources.
Achievement in Sport
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When Jennifer was nine-months-old, it became apparent that she was different from other children. Brain scans revealed an abnormality and her neurologist predicted that she would be unlikely to walk, talk or lead a normal life.
But through her family’s efforts and despite the fact that she has a learning disability, special needs and is deaf, she was able to walk with a frame by the time she was three and they took her swimming and dancing to help her mobility and muscle strength.
At the age of 12 she had two cochlear implants which improved her hearing but not her balance so, after consulting her physiotherapist, she joined her mum and older sister on Bradford ice rink.
Although she fell over a lot at the beginning, she soon gained confidence. She started competing in 2012 for both Special Olympics and Inclusive Skating and has gained a host of gold medals in the years since.
She is the first ever Yorkshirewoman selected to represent the UK in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games. To compete in the Games in Austria, she had to raise £2,500 to participate, a challenge which she took on with cake sales, bag packing in a local supermarket, auctions and sponsored events. She went on to achieve fourth place at the Games, an amazing achievement in a world event.
Achievement in Education
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Dally runs a successful business in Chapel Allerton, providing web design, graphic design and print to a number of both established businesses and start-ups.
But in addition to her full-time career, she also works tirelessly to ensure other people have similar success.
She is a valued member of the Yorkshire Asian Business Association and of the Women in Business Network and is regularly involved with business advice pop-up cafes with the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.
She has worked with Global Diversity Positive Action, a charity which supports young people who are not in education, employment or training to get back into the workplace by creating an on-line platform to engage its young users.
She is passionate about coming up with ideas to help businesses thrive and grow and a great believer that women encouraging and supporting each other can create amazing opportunities.
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Olivia is the youngest team member of the Hull Homeless Community Project. She wanted to volunteer from a very young age but was always told by charities there was a lower age limit so she started with her own efforts, such as buying lunch for a homeless person.
She came to the Project’s notice and they were able to find a way for her to become involved, by raising awareness and working on their outreach programme. Her dedication and commitment led to her being asked to become the first official patron of the charity. She has worked in the community kitchens that the charity has organised in the past, set up her own Facebook page, Olivia’s World, to share her experiences and engage with others, and has recently appeared on BBC radio to discuss homelessness.
She gives up her spare time to volunteer at several other local community groups, including Youth in Nature which focuses on conservation and Little Stars, a theatre group for children when she helps the youngsters get ready for their performances.
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Christine Talbot & Duncan Wood
The Special Award is made to friends and supporters of the Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards who have gone the extra mile to help raise funds to support young people in the region.
Christine and Duncan of ITV Yorkshire have supported the Awards almost since their inception and co-host the event every year.
They were part of the founding group who set up the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation in 2010 to distribute the proceeds of the Awards direct to young people and organisations working with them in Yorkshire.
They became Patrons of the charity in 2017.
In addition to presenting the Awards on the night, they have devoted their personal and professional time to arranging the award launches every spring, interviewing winners, making films and taking part in the judging sessions.