Awards for Talented Young Achievers

young-achieversThe U16 Junior Rowing Quad from Henley Rowing Club, Harriet and Madeleine Orr, Lauren Edwards and Ellie Thompson picked up another award last week at the South Oxfordshire District Young Achiever Awards. The event, which took place at the Benson Parish Hall on Wednesday 4 December, was hosted by the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council Dorothy Brown and Ann Midwinter and was part of the Young Achievers Scheme which recognises young achievers in the fields of arts, sports and citizenship. 27 people between the ages of 11 and 18 were each awarded with certificates and a cheque for up to £250 to mark their accomplishments in art, sport and citizenship.

To qualify in the sports category applicants must have been competing at county level standard in the sport, whilst in the Arts category there must be a high level of commitment and skill in the chosen art form, which can be anything from photography to music.

Three Henley College students also won awards last week. Millie Anderson won a Sport Award for achievements in golf. She has a handicap of eight and was ladies’ champion at Badgemore Club last year. Zoe Pike who plays clarinet has won an Art Award for her achievements in music for the second year running.  Matthew Maltese also won an Art Award for achievements in music.  Matthew released his debut EP, Further Than I Should, back in April and performed with jazz singer and former Henley student, Rebecca Poole, at the town’s Kenton Theatre at the start of the year. He features in this year’s festive message from The Henley College @

Nominations for the next round of awards are now open.  For further details and full criteria please see  Submissions must be made by 15 January 2014.

Cllr Bill Service, Cabinet member for grants at the council said: “It is a privilege to award these young people.  More often than not, the efforts and dedication of young people are overlooked, so it is our pleasure to both acknowledge them and also hopefully provide them with the means to take the next step in their development”.

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