Lord-Lieutenant's Youth Awards 2016

Lord-Lieutenant's Youth Awards 2016

- 23/06/2016

On Monday 14 March Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh attended the presentation evening for the Lord-Lieutenant's Youth Awards 2016 at Strathpeffer Pavilion.

Rot MacGregor, CEO of Global Energy and Chairman of Ross County spoke about the Scottish League Cup and 'life' in front of young people: the point was that very few of us were outstandingly gifted, but if we remained true to ourselves, worked hard and accepted the inevitable knocks there was no reason why we couldn't achieve our dreams. Ross County's recent Cup success story was directly applicable: the team had limited resources, had worked hard, had suffered a cup defeat and escaped relegation but in the end had achieved success.

The press release reads as follows:

A night of celebration was held at Strathpeffer Pavilion for the Lord Lieutenants Youth Awards Scheme Annual Awards Ceremony which took place last week with over 100 young people from Ross & Cromarty, Skye & Lochalsh receiving recognition and awards for their great work. A welcome surprise was the main speaker at the event, local businessman and Chairman of Ross County FC Roy MacGregor taking along the Scottish League Cup to assist him in his address to the audience and to help inspire the young people attending the event.

The Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Janet Bowen was thrilled with the turn out for this extremely popular event and commented, “once again we were able to recognise young people for their outstanding achievements in their various categories and welcome them to Strathpeffer Pavilion to give them the recognition they deserve and provide them with their awards. It was humbling to hear the backgrounds to these young people and how dedicated they are to helping others, their arts, sports and working in their communities for many good causes. I was so pleased Roy was able to come along with the Cup final trophy as it made the evening that little bit extra special for everyone attending. His words of encouragement I am sure will be remembered by all and we are extremely grateful for his support to this annual event which is becoming ever more popular.”

Along with the winners in each of the categories, the Lord Lieutenant presented her Special Award to 18 year old Fraser Wotherspoon from Gairloch. The Lord Lieutenant said, “What made Fraser stand out amongst other young people in a similar role is the way he inspires and helps those young people with whom he works. Chosen as a Prefect in school he is an accomplished Piper and is the Pipe Major of the Gairloch and District Pipe Band. He leads by example and thanks to his leadership the Pipe Band is seen as a desirable and exciting activity which combines developing a musical talent with a whole lot of fun. He leads the Tuesday band practice and the adult members of the band trust his ability to lead. It is this dedication to the importance of service to the community which attracted me to Fraser and all he has achieved and the fact he is such a positive role model in his community.”

The evening was attended by the many youngsters, their nominators and families in what was a wonderfully warm atmosphere in recognising young people’s achievements. The appearance of the Scottish League Cup was a bonus for all on the night.

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