Nominations open for prestigious regional awards

Jessica Ennis receives her 2009 Yorkshire Young Achievers Award from Lord Coe.
Jessica Ennis receives her 2009 Yorkshire Young Achievers Award from Lord Coe.

Nominations have opened for the 2012 Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards as organisers celebrate three former recipients achieving gold medals at the London Olympics.

Heptathlete Jessica Ennis and triathlete Alistair Brownlee were winners of the Achievement in Sport Award in 2009 and 2010 respectively while rower Andrew Triggs-Hodge was Personality of the Year in 2008.

The spotlight is now on 2008 Achievement in Sport winner David Stone who is looking to add to the two golds he won at the 2008 Paralympics.

Awards chairman Peter McCormick, of McCormicks Solicitors of Harrogate, said: “It was fantastic to see so much success by Yorkshire athletes and, naturally, we are delighted that three of our previous winners have recognised their potential at the supreme level.”

The awards – founded in 1993 – recognise outstanding young people in the region aged under 35 who have made an impact, whether nationally, regionally or locally.

They are organised by the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation which supports projects for young people across the region.

The awards are open to young people who live, work or were born in Yorkshire and celebrate achievements in the fields of business, sport, education and the arts in overcoming adversity and achieving fame and fortune.

Those with a lower profile have been brought into the limelight thanks to the Unsung Hero award, while there is always a Youngster of the Year to celebrate the achievement of a child under 12.

Nomination forms are available on the awards’ website at or by telephoning Sonia Jones at McCormicks Solicitors on 01423 530630.

The closing date for entries is September 28 and the awards ceremony will take place at the Leeds United Centenary Pavilion on Thursday, November 29.