Niamh Hutton (Jubilee Award Winner), Councillor Norma Harrington (Mayor of Wetherby) and Joshua Holdsworth (Runner Up)
Niamh, aged 15, recently won the silver medal at The British Kickboxing Championships in Rotherham and has been selected to compete at The World Kickboxing Championships in Spain in October 2017. Nominated by Wetherby High School, Niamh was put forward for the Jubilee Award because of her participation in “a tough and demanding sport, requiring bravery and fortitude. Her ambition has enabled her to reach the ‘heights’ in the world of kickboxing. She is a credit to the school and the community.” The award, which was judged by an Awards Panel comprising of the Mayor of Wetherby, (Councillor Norma Harrington), Townsperson of the Year (Dean Buckle) and Cindy Bentley (Chair of Welcome to Wetherby and Chair of Governors at Wetherby High School) was given to Niamh at a ceremony held in the Town Hall on Wednesday 21st December 2016. Niamh, who says that “not every girl wants to be a princess”, has an inspirational motto relevant not only in her life as a competitor but to all young people in Wetherby and beyond: “It’s not how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forwards.” Runner-up Joshua Holdsworth, aged 11, was presented with a certificate of achievement for his outstanding effort in November 2016 which saw him raise over £3,000 for the Royal British Legion during their annual poppy appeal. Joshua’s charitable accomplishments are remarkable and prove how effectively he, and other young people, can work for their local community.
Wetherby Town Council began the annual ‘Jubilee Award’ in 2012 to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The award recognises the achievements of outstanding young people in the area, who are under 20 years of age and who have made an impact, whether nationally, regionally or locally Speaking at the ceremony Wetherby Townsperson of the Year, Dean Buckle, said “how nice it is to meet the Townspeople of the future who have made a difference in their respective fields in 2016.”