Inspiring youths to be recognised

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With little over one month to go until the second annual Scottish Borders Saltire Inspire Awards, event planners have drawn up a shortlist of 17 promising young finalists.

The event incorporates the Saltire Awards – which formally recognise the commitment and contribution of young people volunteering in Scotland – and the Inspire Awards, which acknowledge the achievements and successes of young Borderers aged 12-25.

There are five categories of Inspire Award covering volunteering, sports, music and the arts, community and environment, and an overall ‘inspirational’ category.

More than 30 nominations were received and nine prizes will be awarded in all, with both group and individual winners in four categories and one overall winner of the Inspirational award.

The 2013 Inspirational Award was won by Ben Grant of Eyemouth for his outstanding achievement in the sport of boxing.

Sophie Wild, 19, chair of the Scottish Borders Youth Inspire Awards Group, said: “We were thrilled to receive so many nominations from right across the Borders.

“Young people in our region are achieving such a lot, from playing great 
music to competing in sporting events and volunteering for community projects. It is fantastic for us to be able to formally recognise their efforts.”

The results will be announced at a high-profile ceremony at Galashiels’ Volunteer Hall on Friday, March 14. The event is being planned, organised and hosted by the Inspire Awards Group, with the support of Scottish Borders Council and Volunteer Centre Borders.