Choose a champ who’s going for gold
With the Euros, Wimbledon, Olympics and British Open it’s going to be the best summer of sport ever, but do you know an inspirational young champion who has defied the odds and deserves to be on top of our podium?
The football has kicked off in France and the Olympics in Rio are not far behind. And while the UK is in the midst of its sporting summer, the Ward Children’s Awards judging panel will be teaming up in the coming months to look at how this year’s potential winners line up.
Among the categories this year is the Going for Gold award, which not only seeks achievements in the world of sport but also in music, visual and performing arts. It is directed at children who are tackling their hobby regardless of disability.
Are you a football coach or dance teacher who is witnessing some incredible achievement from one of your pupils or members? Do you belong to a rugby club, tennis club or performing arts group in which a young person is doing amazing things in spite of a disability? Are they deserving of an award?
Going for Gold is a category specifically designed for children and young people who are winning awards or accolades or excelling in exams for a talent or hobby, regardless of the restrictions their disability might be placing upon them.
Alternatively the award could also recognise someone who has fought serious illness whilst being able to continue and achieve within their sport, music or chosen art.
At the end of the nomination process, judges will view all of the entries before finalists are invited to a special awards lunch in the autumn to announce and celebrate the winners.
Charlotte Hawkins and Keith Lovell with last year’s Going for Gold winner, Tanisha Jones and right; Tanisha at Jumpers Trampoline Group