Cel­e­brat­ing city’s young stars at launch of awards

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS - Dena Shoe­bridge Print writer 01225 322273 dena.shoe­bridge@reach­plc.com

Schools and or­gan­i­sa­tions in the city are be­ing asked to nom­i­nate un­sung young heroes over the next cou­ple of months for the new Young Stars Awards which was launched this week. The awards, launched across Bath and North East Som­er­set on Tues­day, are to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the out­stand­ing achieve­ments of ex­tra­or­di­nary young peo­ple in the area. The Young Star Awards was cre­ated af­ter Bath and North East Som­er­set Coun­cil leader, Tim War­ren, lis­tened to re­mark­able sto­ries of young peo­ple, who make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to their com­mu­nity at Bris­tol’s Young Heroes Award ear­lier this year. Now res­i­dents, schools and or­gan­i­sa­tions are be­ing urged to nom­i­nate a young per­son who they think is wor­thy of such an award and re­ceive the recog­ni­tion they de­serve. At the launch of the awards, which took place at the Guild­hall, Cllr War­ren said: “I am de­lighted to of­fi­cially launch th­ese awards. I have no doubt there are a lot of young peo­ple in Bath and North East Som­er­set who de­serve recog­ni­tion for the sup­port they show oth­ers but we just don’t get to hear about it. Our Young Stars will shine a light on them so please nom­i­nate the young star in your school, com­mu­nity or vol­un­tary group. “I am very grate­ful to all the spon­sors for sup­port­ing th­ese awards. They are help­ing fund the awards, for ex­am­ple Bath BID and South­gate are con­tribut­ing by pro­vid­ing Bath Gift Cards to the nom­i­nees. It means they can spend the cards in city shops and get them­selves kit­ted out for the awards evening, which prom­ises to be a re­ally spe­cial event.” Spon­sors of the awards, Wes­sex Wa­ter, Bath Rugby, IESIS and Kers­field, at­tended the launch and said they were look­ing for­ward to meet­ing the fi­nal­ists. Tar­quin Mcdon­ald, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Bath Rugby said “‘We are de­lighted to sup­port the Our Young Stars Awards and to help cel­e­brate amaz­ing chil­dren and young adults. Their ex­am­ple is an in­spi­ra­tion and some­thing they, and more widely all of us, should be very proud of. By cel­e­brat­ing their achieve­ments other peo­ple will hope­fully be in­spired and re­alise the pro­foundly pos­i­tive im­pact they too can have in their com­mu­nity.’ There are five main cat­e­gories for the awards: Ed­u­ca­tion, Un­sung, Courage, Sport and In­no­va­tion. A panel of judges will look at all the nom­i­na­tions in De­cem­ber and select three of the most de­serv­ing young peo­ple from each cat­e­gory to be­come fi­nal­ists. The 15 fi­nal­ists will then be in­vited to a Gala Awards Din­ner on Satur­day March 9 for a cel­e­bra­tion of their achieve­ments, where the win­ners will be an­nounced and awards pre­sented to all of the fi­nal­ists. Nom­i­na­tion forms are avail­able on­line at: www.bathnes.gov.uk/ oury­oungstars Com­pleted forms can also be re­turned by post to: Bath and North East Som­er­set Coun­cil, The Leader’s Of­fice, Guild­hall, Bath. BA1 5AW or emailed to: Leader&_cab­i­netof­fice@bathnes.gov.uk Nom­i­nees must be 18 or un­der on Mon­day De­cem­ber 31, 2018. The dead­line for nom­i­na­tions is Fri­day Novem­ber 30, 2018.

Pic­ture: Ar­tur Les­niak

From left, Iestyn Lewis (Ren­gen De­vel­op­ments), Al­li­son Her­bert (Bath BID), Guy Hen­der­son (South­gate), B&NES coun­cil leader Cllr Tim War­ren, Tar­quin Mcdon­ald (Bath Rugby Club), Kirsty Scar­lett (Wes­sex Wa­ter), Rhys Pri­est­land (Bath Rugby player) and Peter James (Ren­gen De­vel­op­ments) pic­tured at the launch of the Young Stars Awards

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