A new awards scheme launched by Harrogate independent gym Gambaru is inviting nominations from schools, sports clubs and individuals across the district to celebrate the achievements of local young people who have used sport to overcome adversity.
The Adversity Awards are free to enter and all schools and sports clubs in the Harrogate District are being encouraged to nominate 14-18 year olds who have used sport in some way, at whatever level, to overcome social, learning or physical adversity. Individuals can also make nominations via the website www.adversityawards.com
Nominations close on 5 June 2015 and the awards will be presented at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate on 25 June 2015. There will be winners from each school as well as prizes for the best individual and sports club nominees.
The Adversity Awards 2015 have been developed by Mike Pywell and Jonathan Walker of Gambaru Fitness and were inspired by Jonathan’s own story where his passion for sport helped him overcome learning difficulties at school and eye cancer as an adult.
Jonathan said: Sport can give young people purpose and confidence when they’re struggling in the classroom, facing physical or emotional problems or coping with difficulties at home.
The Adversity Awards will help to highlight young people who use sport to come through. And it isn’t just about winning; it’s about never giving up. When problems are piling up keeping going is the most important thing.
There will be trophies and prizes for the winners but the most important thing is we are recognising the achievements of very special group of young people who have never given in.