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Bourne Brilliant awards to honour Bournemouth's inspirational youths
SUCCESS: Last year’s winner of the Young Carer Award Chloe Appleton with Richard Taylor president of North Bournemouth Rotary Club
BOURNEMOUTH’S inspirational young people will be honoured at the town’s Bourne Brilliant Awards, which will be held in less than a fortnight.
The 30 worthy finalists – three nominees in each of the 10 categories – are being considered by judges and the winners will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony at the Royal Bath Hotel on Thursday, July 5.
The finalists for the Young Carer category are Georgia Craig, Abigail Lockyer and Olivia Brett.
Georgia’s mother has had a series of strokes in the last few months and the family’s life has changed dramatically.
Georgia now acts as her carer and recently saved her life after her mother had a grand mal seizure. Georgia kept calm and cleared her mother’s throat, put her into the recovery position and gave her medicine.
She has also taken on numerous caring responsibilities, including housework, shopping and helping her mother move about the home. She has coped with these life-changing events and is an active and valuable member of the Bournemouth Young Carers Project.
Abigail is a joint carer for her younger sister, who has learning difficulties. She helps her with day to day activities, helps with her school work, takes her on days out and takes her to groups specifically for young people with disabilities.
She has been in college for the past two years, as well as working three jobs and helping out at a local youth centre. She never complains or moans and frequently puts her social life on hold to care for her sister and give her mother a break.
Olivia helped her father care for her mother when it was thought she was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. However she was later re-diagnosed with Cortasal Brain Degeneration and her father had a heart attack, which meant Olivia had to take on even more caring responsibilities.
She does a lot of personal care, along with housework, shopping and cooking and does everything with good grace and a sense of humour.
The finalists for the Sports Star Award are Noah Vides, Kenan Ramsay and Georgia Hall.
Sporting chances - talent comes to the fore
Noah Vides is an exceptionally talented swimmer who trains for a minimum of 16 hours a week, every session starting at 5.15am.
He recently competed in the British Championships at the Aquatic Centre in the Olympic Park. Last season he was second in the nationals in 100m breaststroke and went on to win gold as part of the relay team.
Kenan Ramsay put in an outstanding performance in a cycle competition on May 8, where he beat six schools. He has shown outstanding commitment to his sport, travelling to the Purbecks on weekends and training for up to five hours at a time.
Georgia Hall, left, is a young golfer who has achieved remarkable success. The 16-year-old has been the under-13 and under-15 English Golf Champion.
Days after her 16th birthday she became the youngest ever winner of the Roehampton Gold Cup. Her most recent success came in the English Golf Championship where she finished as runner-up.
She was then selected for the full English team.