DEDICATED youngsters from Shireoaks were praised at a special awards ceremony to recognise their fantastic efforts and achievements.
Maisie Bye, 11, and Rosabelle Bradshaw, 12, were announced as the proud winners of the Shireoaks Young Achievers Award at a presentation evening held in the village.
The scheme was established by Shireoaks Parish Council to recognise young people who are committed to their chosen activity in sports, arts, education or the community.
Maisie has overcome illness and adversity to become an active and enthusiastic member of the Guides, while accomplished gymnast and apsiring coach Rosabelle Bradshaw has enrolled on a Young Leaders course to help others
The pair were presented with their framed certificate and a £50 cash award by council chairman Ivor Jones, who said they are a true inspiration to the local community.
“We had two very strong winners this year and I was very proud to be able to present them with their awards,” he said.
“Maisie has had her heart condition from birth and she has done so well in spite of it, remaining cheerful and determined throughout.”
“And Rosabelle, who lives behind me, scares me how high she can go on the trampoline. She’s an excellent gymnast and it’s great she is taking a leadership role with it.”
Valley School pupil Maisie was born with congential heart defect tricuspid atresia and has had to have three major operations and time off school.
But in spite of this she has managed to maintain a positive, mature and happy outlook and enjoys getting stuck into drama and Guides activities after school.
Said Melanie Bye: “We are so very proud of her anyway but it’s really nice when other people in the community recognise that.”
“Maisie loves the social side of Guides and the feeling of being more independent. The girls are really good and they all help one another.”
Worksop Gymnastics and Dinnington Comprehensive pupil Rosabelle Bradshaw has embarked on her gymnastics leadership course and is already showing her true potential.
Proud mum Louise Bradshaw said the family were delighted to hear of her daughter’s win and that she really deserves it.
“Rosabelle is extremely dedicated and committed and does everything to the best of her ability – even outside gymnastics,” she said.
“She has won several awards, including gold medals, in various competitions and is a really talented gymnast.”
Louise added that the Young Achievers Awards were an important way of promoting talented and dedicated youngsters in the Shireoaks area.
“It makes you very proud and brings a real sense of community to the village – championing young people who are really trying their best.”
The Shireoaks Young Achievers Award has been running successfully over 10 years but the parish council is always on the lookout for more nominations.
If you know of a young person or group who you think deserves the award, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01909 731565.