Dy­namic duo

Meet the fi­nal­ists fory­oung Scot 2018

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS -

A pair of re­mark­able young­sters from Hamil­ton have been an­nounced as fi­nal­ists in they­oung Scot Awards for their in­cred­i­ble and heroic achieve­ments.

Bran­don Mur­ray (12) and Stephanie Cheape (25) are among those to make the fi­nal of The Sun­day Mail and Steven Brown Art Young Scot Awards 2018.

Kick-box­ing cham­pion Bran­don has been nom­i­nated in the sports cat­e­gory.

The school­boy be­came a world cham­pion kick­boxer at just seven but was forced to give up af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with Perthes dis­ease, which af­fected the bones in his hip.

Af­ter three years of re­cu­per­a­tion, he fought his way back to full fit­ness, win­ning nine gold medals at last year’s World Kick­box­ing Cham­pi­onships.

His mum Vicky was de­lighted by the news that he has be­come a fi­nal­ist.

She said: “We were all thrilled when we found out that Bran­don was a fi­nal­ist.

“It’s such an amaz­ing achieve­ment and I don’t think at first he re­alised just how big a deal this is. It’s only re­cently that it’s sunk in.

“The Advertiser has al­ways fol­lowed him through­out his com­pe­ti­tions and achieve­ments and this has taken him to an­other level.”

Mean­while, Stephanie has been nom­i­nated in the en­ter­tain­ment cat­e­gory,

The in­die singer turned to song­writ­ing as a re­lease af­ter she was bul­lied, and she was named Scot­land’s Best Un­signed Act of 2017.

And Stephanie is be­ing tipped as the next Sharleen Spi­teri af­ter per­form­ing along­side Emeli Sande and Lewis Ca­paldi at the SSE Scot­tish Mu­sic Awards and sup­port­ing Bryan Ferry at Kelv­in­grove Park.

The for­mer Hamil­ton Gram­mar pupil penned songs about be­ing bul­lied, and gave pro­ceeds to Nord­off Rob­bins – a char­ity which pro­vides mu­sic ther­apy to vul­ner­a­ble and iso­lated young peo­ple.

Speak­ing to the Advertiser Ste­fanie said: “It is amaz­ing to be a fi­nal­ist and I am re­ally hum­bled.

“It’s great to see young peo­ple and the mu­sic in­dus­try recog­nised.”

The glit­ter­ing an­nual awards cer­e­mony, hosted by Love Is­land’s Iain Stir­ling, will be held on No­vem­ber 30 and will cel­e­brate the achieve­ments and in­spir­ing sto­ries of young peo­ple and their peers, high­light­ing the im­por­tance of the Year of Young Peo­ple 2018 and the im­pact it has had on the coun­try.

Louise Mac­don­ald, chief in Scot­land be­ing ex­ec­u­tive of Young Scot, said: “2018 has been a mas­sive year for Scot­land’s young peo­ple and we were in­un­dated with in­spir­ing sto­ries about young Scots across the coun­try.

“These in­spir­ing sto­ries show how im­por­tant young peo­ple are to Scot­land and their in­cred­i­ble con­tri­bu­tions to com­mu­ni­ties in South La­nark­shire.

“A huge con­grat­u­la­tions to all of the 2018 fi­nal­ists; this year’s awards will be held on St An­drew’s Day and will be a his­toric mo­ment for Scot­land. We can’t wait to cel­e­brate all the fi­nal­ist’s achieve­ments on the night.”

Bren­dan Mcginty, editor of the Sun­day Mail, said: “It is a priv­i­lege for this news­pa­per to help salute the achieve­ments of our young heroes.

“The 2018 awards are set to be the cli­max of the Year of Young Peo­ple and prom­ise to be big­ger and bet­ter than ever be­fore.”

For tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion, visit youngscotawards.com.

Tal­ented Stephanie Cheape (main) and Bran­don Mur­ray

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