Newhaven’s outstanding young people were recognised at a special ceremony on Tuesday evening (March 3).
The awards were held as part of the annual town meeting hosted by Newhaven Town Council at the Hillcrest Community Centre.
There were three categories – Young Person of Courage, Young Sportsperson and Young Carer – and an additional overall award, the Newhaven Community Award.
The winner of the Young Person of Courage award was George Dawes. George has been involved in a project called ‘Keeping it Real’ which aims to break down stigma attached to mental health issues.
He talked to other young people about mental health and ran stalls at local events.
George received his trophy and cheque from Annie Lorys, president of the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the award.
The winner of the Young Sportsperson award was Callum Peploe.
Callum has been a member of the Hillcrest amateur boxing club for two years. He was deemed the most outstanding young person the club has had in its ten-year history and has already caught the eye of a former Team GB coach.
Next year he is entering the National ABA championships which will be a platform from where he will work towards being a future Olympian. This award was sponsored by Wave Leisure and Callum received his trophy and cheque from Duncan Kerr, its chief executive.
The winner of the Young Carer award was Tommy Cole. Tommy’s mum suffers from seizures and has mobility issues which mean she cannot be left alone. Tommy helps around the house and knows how to keeps his mum safe. Tommy was presented with his trophy and cheque by James Batchelor, of Computer Eyez, who sponsored the award.
The overall winner of the Newhaven Community Award for young people was Aaron Winser. Aaron was nominated for the Young Person of Courage Award. Aaron lost his mum last summer to breast cancer. Aged just 13, he organised a fundraising event with two friends where they shaved their heads. Aaron is a good all-round sportsman, playing both football and cricket. As well as playing for the Under 13s, he played every game for the Newhaven men’s 3rd eleven, despite his mum dying during the season.
Judges said his focus and passion were inspiring as he has tried so hard to make some positives come out of such a sad situation. Aaron received his award from Roxanne Haid, of the Newhaven Enterprise Centre, which sponsored this award.
A spokeswoman for Newhaven Town Council said the town should be very proud of its young people.
She said : “Very many congratulations to all the winners and to all the other young people who were nominated.
“Newhaven should be very proud of its young people!”
The awards were introduced by the first Young Mayor of Newhaven, Daly Tucknott.
The awards were to recognise and celebrate the positive things that children and young people in Newhaven achieve.
For more information visit http://www.newhaventowncouncil.gov.uk/