Sunderland’s brightest and best youngsters were recognised for their achievements last night in a glittering ceremony at the Stadium of Light.
The annual Young Achievers Awards, organised by Together for Children, celebrate the bravery, talent and positive contribution children and young people have made to the lives of their families and communities.
This year’s Overall Winner was Mohammed Adel Nassir, 16, from Hylton Castle, who took home the award after picking up the Sport Award earlier in the evening.
Mohammed, who is originally from Syria has excelled in school, despite English not being his first language and is a talented footballer. He has played football for both his school team and a local club, and with them is currently second in the under 16s Russell Junior League.
Mohammed said: “It is so amazing and unexpected to win this award, I always try my best and I think that’s all anyone can do.”
The Mayor of the City of Sunderland, Councillor David Snowdon, who presented Mohammed with his award, said: “All of our winners should be hugely proud of their achievements and I’d like to extend my congratulations to them all.
“I was delighted to present the award to Mohammed, who has triumphed despite a really challenging start and I wish him the very best for the future.”
Jill Colbert, Chief Executive of Together for Children, said: “The awards are a fantastic opportunity to hear the stories and achievements of Sunderland’s young people. As a company, our vision is to ensure children have every opportunity to fulfil their potential. Judging by the success stories we have heard tonight, I’m confident these young people have bright futures ahead.”
Deborah Jenkins, Chair of Together for Children, said: “Our Young Achievers’ Awards recognise the skills, talent, dedication and community spirit of young people. This annual event brings deserved praise to the contribution young people make.
“These young people are our future and by recognising them I hope they will continue to thrive.”
The Young Achievers Awards, which are open to anyone aged between eight and 20 and are nominated by the public, crowned winners and highly commended across 10 categories.
2019 winners included Jessica Dale, Olivia Glover and 2nd Herrington St. Chads Guides (Music and Performing Arts); Alex Palmer and Mikayla Agnew (Personal Achievement); Brooke Priest, Polly Elizabeth Davies and City Hospitals Sunderland - Young Persons’ Group (Service to the Community); Connor Thompson and Jessica Allen (Academic Achievement); Hugo Haggerty, Mohammed Adel Nassir and Seaburn FC Football (Sport); Thomas Hickman, Jessica Hickman, Heidi Hickman and Holly Henderson (Young Carer); Kayleb Hirst (Volunteer); Thomas Chapman (Young Apprentice); Southmoor Academy (School Council); Southmoor Academy (Anti-bullying Team).
This year's award sponsors were Gentoo, Sunderland City Council, R&B Group, Everyone Active, Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Sun FM and Sunderland College.
Photo caption: The Mayor of the City of Sunderland, Councillor David Snowdon, who presented Mohammed Adel Nassir