Lord-Lieutenant's Youth Awards 2017

Lord-Lieutenant's Youth Awards 2017

- 28/07/2017

On Monday 20 March 2017 Mrs Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh was present at the Strathpeffer Pavilion to host the awards ceremony for 2017.

Full details of this event are available on the Youth Awards own website at http://www.llyouthaward.org/ on both the home page and the 2017 tabs.

The Pavilion was packed for the evening and Mrs Bowen was joined on stage by Roy MacGregor, Group Chairman of Global Energy and Steve Barron (Chief Executive of The Highland Council).

In her opening remarks Mrs Bowen said:

Mrs Bowen said: ‘One of the joys of being Lord-Lieutenant is having the opportunity of seeing and meeting some truly remarkable young people who have achieved their personal goals and potential , and also who have contributed to our community in volunteering and in service to others.

Having read every single nomination I frankly feel humbled to be speaking to you all tonight. Nobody, not one, is here without endeavour that is beyond the ordinary; you may have overcome adversity of some kind in your life (and this is one of the great joys of this award: it allows recognition of those who have achieved not perhaps the first place in life but who have achieved ‘in spite of’ some form of handicap); you may have volunteered long hours or gone out of your way to care for someone in need of help - or a mixture of all these. Whatever, you will have ‘run the extra mile’ and you will have done more than you had to do to get by.

As such I want to congratulate each one of you here. You can’t all win the first prize in your category but you are all examples to your peers, to your schools and to your families. Through sheer hard work, and a positive attitude you have achieved the respect and recognition of those around you. You should feel a sense of pride in your personal achievements’.

Prizes of £500 were awarded to the winners in the following categories:

Group: Gairloch Basketball Team
Helping others: Paul Mackenzie
Community Action: Blair Cowan
Sport: Alex Mackay
Arts: Emily skinner
Vocationals skills: Jack Spence

At the conclusion of the event which saw more than seventy young people take to the stage, Mrs Bowen made her own Lord-Lieutenants Special Award. Noting that the awards take into account the barriers overcome as well as the end result she selected Ester Strachan from Skye. Ester has a diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome and she is a pupil in Portree High School. Despite her long term disabilities she has overcome many personal barriers to achieve gold and bronze medals in swimming: she has also been selected for the national disabled swimming competition to be held in Glasgow, and much else.

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