Celebrating Sunderland’s incredible young people – from performers to footballers, carers to volunteers, there is much to be proud of.
This year we celebrated the 28th year of the Sunderland Young Achievers’ Awards with an online ceremony held on Friday 11 December. The awards celebrate and recognise the bravery, talent and positive contribution Sunderland’s young people have made to the lives of their families and their communities.
Oliver Marshall, aged 11, was named the Overall Winner as well as the winner of the 8-13 years Sport Category. Oliver is a competitive trampolinist, placing third in the UK in the sport in 2019 following which he earned a spot on the exclusive British Gymnastics GB Trampoline Foundation Squad.
Presenting Oliver with this award, the Mayor of the City of Sunderland, Councillor David Snowdon, said: ‘I am so proud that here in Sunderland we take the time to celebrate the outstanding contributions that all our young people make. They are a credit to themselves, their families and to the city.’
A host of other outstanding young people from Sunderland were also recognised at the awards across a range of categories including Young Carer, Volunteer, Service to the Community, Music & Performing Arts and Academic Achievement.
Jill Colbert, Chief Executive at Together for Children, said: ‘In a year like no other children and young people in Sunderland have once again shown us that their talent, tenacity and resilience shines bright. They deserve all our praise and pride as we celebrate them and all of their achievements”.
This year’s awards sponsors were Gentoo, Sunderland City Council, Everyone Active, Sunderland Young Carers, Mind of My Own, Councillor Louise Farthing and the R&B Group.
Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at Gentoo said: “We are extremely proud to support Sunderland’s Young Achievers’ Awards in its 28th year. After a challenging year, we feel it’s now more important than ever to celebrate the talent and achievements of young people in Sunderland and these awards are a great opportunity to do this.
“We believe in inspiring people to make a positive difference in their communities and each year we are amazed by the achievements of those nominated. Congratulations to everyone that has been shortlisted – you should all be extremely proud.”
Nominations for the Young Achievers’ Awards 2021 will open early next year.
Full list of winners:
Young Carer (8-13 years)
Ethan Stewart - Winner
Lewis McCluskey – Highly Commended
Service to the Community (8-13 years)
Jack Thompson – Winner
James Burn – Highly Commended
Service to the Community (14-20 years)
Rhiannon Parkinson – Winner
Connor Hudson – Highly Commended
Personal Achievement (8-13 years)
Hannah Ritchie – Winner
Adam Kenneth Young – Highly Commended
Personal Achievement (14-20 years)
Kane Jackson – Winner
Aaron Davison – Highly Commended
Courtney Anne Robson – Highly Commended
Southmoor Academy’s Peer2Peer Mentors – Winner
Fatfield Academy’s Anti-Bullying Team – Highly Commended
Sport (8-13 years)
Oliver Marshall – Winner
Jack Neesham – Highly Commended
Sport (14-20 years)
Henry William Johnson – Winner
Tahlia Kennedy – Highly Commended
AAA Tigers – Winner
St Benet’s Girls Football Team – Highly Commended
Volunteer (8-13 years)
Molly Thomson – Winner
Hannah Emery – Highly Commended
Volunteer (14-20 years)
Erin Simblett – Winner
Danielle Winch – Highly Commended
Brogan Watson – Winner
Bridey Andrews – Highly Commended
Music and Performing Arts (8-13 years)
Lily Straughan – Winner
Music and Performing Arts (14-20 yearrs)
Oliver Quinn – Winner
Chloe Wetherell – Highly Commended
Academic Achievement (8-13 years)
Connor Munro – Winner
Jonathan Dilks – Highly Commended
Academic Achievement (14-20 years)
Jessica Murphy – Winner
Emma Hogan – Highly Commended
The Andy Neal Award (Overall Winner)