Two young people from Rothesay have been named as finalists in this year’s ‘AB Awards’ recognising youth achievement in Argyll and Bute.
David McLaughlin and Alison Shaw are among 25 finalists from across the Argyll and Bute area to be recognised for their outstanding contributions to local family, community or cultural life.
David, who is among three finalists in the ‘citizenship award’ category, has been involved in Bute Youth Forum for the last two years and in that time, has worked tirelessly to establish the Youth Forum and gain support amongst the young people of Bute. For the last year he has served as Chair and has worked hard to source and secure funding to enable a school holiday activity programme.
Also a keen member of Argyll and Bute Youth Forum and a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, David is dedicated to enhance the life skills and learning capacity of young people both on Bute and across Argyll.
Alison, one of three finalists in the ‘youth sporting award’ category, has been working hard to gain qualifications in different sports, and for the last two years has assisted Active Schools in a voluntary coaching capacity with both holiday programmes and after school clubs; latterly she has been the lead coach in a number of the delivered sessions.
In school, Alison has assisted the PE department at Rothesay Joint Campus to deliver sport sessions as part of the curriculum and set up a successful netball club within Rothesay Primary School.
Welcoming the announcement of the finalists’ names, Lead Councillor for Community and Culture at Argyll and Bute Council George Freeman said: “Every one of these young people is to be congratulated for reaching the finals of the youth achievement awards.
“They are an example to us all and I wish them well. I hope that their success will encourage other young people from across Argyll and Bute to set their standards high in all that they aim to achieve in life.
“We also know that all of the young people who were nominated this year for an award deserve recognition, and we should celebrate the terrific talent and sense of responsibility which they demonstrate.”
The awards event, to be held at the Phoenix Cinema in Oban on Thursday, September 19, will celebrate all of the nominated young people, and a winner from each of the eight categories will be announced on the night.
In addition to the categories in which David and Alison have been nominated, winners will be chosen for the Unsung Hero, Youth Entrepreneur, Youth Volunteering, Health and Wellbeing, Youth Environment and Youth Arts awards.