Sunderland Young Achievers' Awards 2020


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

Anti-Bullying Team

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

Sport (Group)

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

Young Apprentice

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)

Oliver Marshall