Carrick girls named Youth Forum Awards winners

PROUD: The South Ayrshire Youth Forum Awards finalists 2012 celebrated their success at a ceremony at Troon Concert Hall.

PROUD: The South Ayrshire Youth Forum Awards finalists 2012 celebrated their success at a ceremony at Troon Concert Hall.

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TWO INSPIRING youngsters from Carrick had their achievements recognised at county level last week as they were among the winners of the South Ayrshire Youth Forum Awards 2012.

Maybole’s Kayleigh Haggo and Girvan’s Caron Elliott were among nine young people and groups presented with awards last week at a ceremony at Troon Concert Hall, having been voted for by members of the South Ayrshire public.

After having been awarded a Jean Falconer award for citizenship at her primary school, first year Carrick Academy pupil Kayleigh received the SAYF Award for Sport on Thursday.

Despite having cerebral palsy, Kayleigh competes in both race running and swimming and recently beat her own record at the Paralympic Committee Youth Games.

She has also been selected to compete in the Scottish Junior National Championships for Physically Disabled and Sensory Impaired Swimmers.

Girvan girl Caron had her humanitarian efforts rewarded when she received the SAYF Award for Volunteering.

For the past two years Caron has devoted her life to volunteering abroad, having been part of a team who went to Nepal to help build a secondary school, and having led a women’s group in Malawi to raise awareness of HIV.

Prior to this she spent a month volunteering in Southern Italy working with the elderly, and is currently working in an orphanage in Moldova.

Carrick was also well represented in the SAYF Awards nominees, including Maybole’s Fraser Stokes and Eilidh Thomson, who were put forward in the entertainment and arts and sport categories respectively; and Ballantrae’s Lily Woodhouse, who was up for the democracy and citizenship award.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council, opened the awards ceremony and said she was amazed at what the young people present had managed to achieve.

SAYF Chair Maria McGough added: “The South Ayrshire Youth Forum Awards bring together and showcase the very best examples of the achievements and efforts of 14-25 year olds within South Ayrshire.

“I am amazed and inspired by our award winners - I am truly proud to be a young person in South Ayrshire and Chairperson of the Youth Forum.”

To find out more about the South Ayrshire Youth Forum visit www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/youthforum.