Shortlist announced for Norfolk Youth Awards

Winners of The Bernard Matthews Youth Awards 2014 at OPEN. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Winners of The Bernard Matthews Youth Awards 2014 at OPEN. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014

The shortlisted nominations for the Norfolk Youth Awards have been announced.

John Gordon-Saker, chief executive officer of OPEN Norwich. Picture: OPEN

John Gordon-Saker, chief executive officer of OPEN Norwich. Picture: OPEN - Credit: Archant

The awards ceremony, organised by Norwich city centre charity OPEN Youth Trust, will celebrate the outstanding achievements of inspiring young people from across the county.

Almost 100 nominations were received across nine different categories and this figure has now been whittled down to a shortlist of 32.

Norfolk youngsters will be recognised at the awards night for their accomplishments in a range of areas, such as sports, arts, volunteering, community, perseverance and education.

An adult nominated by young people for making a difference in their lives will also be presented with the Hero Award.

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An additional Outstanding Achievement award will also be presented to a shortlisted nominee on the night.

Cindee Crehan, chief executive of Norfolk charity Momentum, and one of the judges for the awards, said: 'The nominations received recount examples of ordinary young people with extraordinary commitment.

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'We heard of young people taking the initiative to find new ways to serve those around them, alongside others who tirelessly and without complaint get on with the challenging situations they find themselves in - often becoming the most inspiring examples to their peers'.

The awards are following in the footsteps of the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, which were held at OPEN's Norwich venue for a number of years.

John Gordon-Saker, OPEN chief executive, said: 'The judging panel had a difficult task, but their shortlist has been chosen and the award winners and runners up will be announced at a glittering ceremony at OPEN.

'The event promises to be an amazing opportunity to honour young people in Norfolk'.

Joe Crowley, presenter of The One Show and Countryfile and ambassador of OPEN, will present the awards at OPEN on Wednesday February 28.

This newspaper is the media partner for the awards, which are sponsored by City College Norwich, Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Football Club.

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• Community - Tavis Gray, Isaac Jervis, Maud Webster

• Arts - Georgi Ball, Taryn Everdeen, Jaimz Mee

• Perseverance - Grace Hawes, Maisie Lossau, Kaine Lee Whitaker

• Sport Individual - Layla Annison, Ruby Bishop, Alice Casburn, Ciaran Gallagher, Emily Wood

• Charity - Tylisha Coe, Isaac Jervis, Kiera-Lee Lain

• Volunteer - Domynyk Belcher, Kiera-Lee Lain, Archie Roques

• Team of the Year - Nelson's Journey Youth Panel, SYEP Committee, SYEP Football Club

• Entrepreneur - Abigal Davis, Amber Docwra

• Education - Alfie Vaughan, Scott Waterman, Ryan Woodmansee

• Hero - Julia Fairbrother, John Nooney, Michaela Rudling, Lorna Vyse

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