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Outstanding youths celebrated at county-wide awards night

PUBLISHED: 07:33 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:41 27 April 2018

Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.

Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.

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The outstanding achievements of more than 100 young people from across Norfolk were celebrated at an inspiring ceremony in Norwich.

Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. Perseverance Award nominees Maisie Lossau, Grace Hawes
and Kaine Lee Whitaker. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. Perseverance Award nominees Maisie Lossau, Grace Hawes and Kaine Lee Whitaker. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.

The outstanding achievements of more than 100 young people from across Norfolk were celebrated at an inspiring ceremony in Norwich.

OPEN’s first Norfolk Youth Awards showcased the stories of under-18s from a wide variety of backgrounds, whose unifying factor is being exceptional.

Di Cunningham, breakfast presenter at Future Radio hosted the night, which was postponed from February due to snowy conditions.

Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. Hero Award nominees John Nooney, Julia Fairbrother, Lorna Vyse, Michaela Rudling. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. Hero Award nominees John Nooney, Julia Fairbrother, Lorna Vyse, Michaela Rudling. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.

Nine categories celebrated achievements from voluntary work to entrepreneurial success.

John Gordon-Saker, CEO for OPEN said: “Following the format of the former Bernard Matthew Youth Awards, OPEN wanted to re-establish these awards to reward the inspirational young people we have living in Norfolk.

“It is important that we recognise the impact our young people make, as they are the key to the future of the region.”

Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. Di Cunningham, Breakfast Show presenter for Future Radio. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. Di Cunningham, Breakfast Show presenter for Future Radio. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.

An outstanding achievement award was presented to Jaimz Mee, 16, who was selected for his commitment to dance, despite being told he was “too fat” by a teacher.

Isaac Jervis, eight, from Attleborough was shortlisted for the community and charity awards for his fundraising and volunteering for people with dementia. He said: “I got butterflies when I got up on stage. My grandad had dementia and I thought it’s just not fair that people have this problem.”

The EDP and Norwich Evening News are media partners of the awards. In a speech at the event, EDP and Evening News editor David Powles said: “I believe if we can be positive about young people and portray them in a realistic light, we will only improve their confidence and desire to continue to make a difference once they reach adulthood.”

Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. Team of the Year nominees Nelson's Journey Youth Panel, Sprowston Youth Engagement Project Young Committee and SYEP Football Club. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. Team of the Year nominees Nelson's Journey Youth Panel, Sprowston Youth Engagement Project Young Committee and SYEP Football Club. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.

Next year’s ceremony will include Norfolk charity Momentum’s Norfolk Youth Award.

The category sponsors were: Sport Individual - Active Norfolk; Perseverance - Indigo Swan; Team of the Year - Sportspark; Community - Almary Green; Charity - Price Bailey; Volunteer - Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk; Education - Hugh J Boswell; Arts - NW Brown; Entrepreneur - Larking Gowen,and Hero - Norfolk Constabulary.

The main sponsors were Norfolk County Council, City College Norwich and Norwich City Football Club.

Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. Community Award nominees Tavis Gray and Isaac Jervis. Maud Webster was unable to attend. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. Community Award nominees Tavis Gray and Isaac Jervis. Maud Webster was unable to attend. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.

Judges at the Norfolk Youth Awards looked at more than 100 exemplary young people. Here are the winners.

Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. David Powles. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. David Powles. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.

Sport Individual: Ruby Bishop, 14, for her achievements in wheelchair tennis.

Perseverance: Maisie Lossau, 12, who endured a 7-hour operation to remove a brain tumour.

Team of the Year: Sprowston Youth Engagement Project (SYEP) Young Committee.

Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. The Nelson's Journey Youth Panel give a standing ovation to Lorna Vyse. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. The Nelson's Journey Youth Panel give a standing ovation to Lorna Vyse. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.

Community: Tavis Gray, 20, who runs a youth club.

Charity: Kiera-Lee Lain, 11, a Nelson’s Journey volunteer.

Volunteer: Archie Roques, 17, a Park Run volunteer.

Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. Outstanding Achievement winner Jaimz Mee. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.Norfolk Youth Awards 2018 at OPEN, Norwich. Outstanding Achievement winner Jaimz Mee. Photo credit Simon Finlay Photography.

Education: Ryan Woodmansee, 18, a future male practitioner.

Arts: Taryn Everdeen, 16, for her achievements in photography, music and drama.

Entrepreneur: Abigail Davis, 17, who created her own baking business.

Hero: Lorna Vyse, Nelson’s Journey.

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