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This year’s nominations for the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards in association with the Eastern Daily Press have highlighted some truly inspiring young people.

The standard of entries was extremely high and the judges had a difficult task picking the awards finalists.

Those shortlisted in each of the categories – ranging from bravery to food and farming to sport – can now be announced. The winners will be revealed in a special ceremony at Open in Norwich in October. The winner of each of the categories celebrating young people will receive a £1,000 prize and there will also be a Winner of Winners prize.

New for this year is a hero category, giving young people the chance to honour an adult who in their eyes is a real hero. There is no cash prize for this award, but huge recognition of the way they inspire and support young people.

Andrew Sherwood, HR director at Bernard Matthews, said: “Once again we have been humbled by the inspirational nominations we have received for the 2013 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards. The calibre of entries has remained consistently impressive over the five years we have run these very special awards.

“Preparations are under way for our celebrity-hosted award evening in October half-term where we celebrate with pride this year’s nominees and award £1,000 prizes across the categories, and celebrate our hero award category for the first time this year.”

The awards evening at Open is on October 29. Young people from The Garage will also be performing at the awards. Below are the shortlists for the awards in each of the categories.

Sport

Lucy Lee-Smith, 16, from Topcroft, for excellence in sprint and marathon kayaking and representing Great Britain in her sport.

Emily Crowe, 15, Sprowston, for her dedication to artistic gymnastics and achieving great things in her sport at local and international level.

Harry Webb, 16, from Topcroft, for his dedication and success in kart racing including being crowned the 2012 Junior Rotax World Champion.

Amie Hutchison, 16, from Fakenham, for her commitment to playing softball, in particular playing the role of pitcher, and representing Great Britain in the sport.

Ben Howell, 16, from Long Stratton, and the Strada-Sport road cycling team, for their success across the east of England and beyond.

Charity

Nelson’s Journey Youth Panel, based in Norwich and made up of 12 young people aged 11 to 17, for helping to support Nelson’s Journey’s work to help young people who have suffered a bereavement.

Tessa Jade Clarke, 18, from Worlingham, for organising and taking part in a range of events to support charities including East Coast Hospice, Help for Heroes and Cancer Research.

Charlotte Earl, 13, from Horsford, and Grace Byng, 12, for their dedication to helping good causes such as the RSPCA, WWF, Cats’ Protection League and Faith Animal Sanctuary.

Food and Farming

Lynn Grove High School, in Gorleston, for the gardening team’s work to turn a piece of wasteland into a garden where the team now grows an array of fruit and vegetables.

Sheringham Community Smallholding (aka The Patch), a group of pupils and staff from Sheringham High, Sheringham Primary, Sheringham Woodfields School and Break, for transforming a piece of land into a smallholding project where pupils grow produce to sell, look after chickens and learn about sustainability.

Arts

Emily McHarg, 15, from Attleborough, for excellent achievement in music, in particular in playing the piano, flute and saxophone.

William Buchan, 14, from Wickmere, for writing, designing and self-publishing his first book, Recruited Mage which sold more than 1,000 copies in three months.

Diss Corn Hall Arts Award Group, for the group’s work to promote the Heritage Triangle in Diss including creating a film about the area, organising a screening of the film and an exhibition.

Bravery

Maria Butterfant, 13, from Norwich, for how – while she was doing her newspaper round – she rushed to the aid of a woman in her 80s who she found lying prone behind her front door and in distress.

Catherine Eager, 14, from Great Moulton, for showing tremendous courage following the death of her father and being the main source of support for her whole family.

Eleanor Randall, 16, from Great Yarmouth, for her courage in how she dealt with being diagnosed with the rare muscle disease juvenile dermatomyositis affecting every muscle in her body.

Education

Ellie Bea Hitchcock-Wyatt, 16, from Norwich, for her role in co-founding the anti-bullying social enterprise Bullying Stinkz which teaches young people about equality and the importance of celebrating differences and including others.

Tom Ewing, 17, from Trowse, for achieving academic excellence despite facing challenging circumstances, and taking the lead in designing the Wymondham College Magazine layout.

Friendly Faces, a peer support group at Aylsham High School, for its work to prevent bullying and for providing support to other pupils.

Community

Leigh Walter, 18, from Lowestoft, for her dedication in leading a small group working towards getting a parkour park built in Great Yarmouth.

Katie Lever, 16, from Sprowston, and her friend Leannan Humpleby, for their commitment and dedication to their roles as committee members for the Sprowston Youth Engagement Project.

Student Coaches, a team of 15 young people, aged 12 to 16, for their work to inspire other young people to be the best they can be, to build young people’s leadership skills and boost confidence and self-esteem.

Hero – an award which gives young people the chance to honour adults they think are heroes.

Clare Lincoln, from the Sprowston Youth Engagement Project and Sprowston Teen Café, for always being there for everyone at the youth club, organising activities for the group to do together, and being really supportive.

Miss Bivens, of Student Coaches, for her dedication to helping young people, working with student coaches to help them shine and grow in confidence.

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