Five talented young people who have excelled in sport have been shortlisted for a prestigious accolade.
The Children’s and Young Person’s Awards, run by Aberdeen City Council, aims to recognise and celebrate outstanding accomplishments.
The awards are designed to help the council reward different schemes around the city, including community learning, schools and sports along with social care and wellbeing.
This year members of the public will get the chance to vote for the winner of the physical achievement award.
Each shortlisted nominee has been involved in sport from a young age and has been working hard to reach the top levels of their chosen field.
They have represented the country at competitions, both in Scotland, UK-wide and even across the globe.
Despite dedicating a vast portion of their time to sport, they are similarly committed to their school work, and also to helping others and inspiring younger pupils to follow in their footsteps.
The nominees for the award are: Kirsty Muir, 14, from Bucksburn Academy, Kai Noble and Caitlin Flinn, both 14, from St Machar Academy, Kaitlyn Hendry from Hazlehead Academy and Abi Allan, 12, from Bridge of Don Academy.
Kirsty, an S3 pupil at Buckburn Academy, takes part in freestyle skiing and trains seven days a week to ensure she is at the top of her game.
She has taken first place in a number of competitions across the country, and was recently selected to represent Great Britain in the British Park and Pipe Team at the Junior Worlds in New Zealand this summer.
Fourth year St Machar Academy pupils Kai and Caitlin are both part of the British Kata Karate Team.
Both have been competing at national level since they were in S1, and even travelled to Verona in Italy to represent Great Britain at the International Karate Championships.
Their dedication to the sport doesn’t just end there though, as they were instru-mental in setting up a karate club at the academy for pupils as well.
Kaitlyn, a pupil at Hazlehead Academy, started her kickboxing training when she was four.
Now, in S3, she trains for at least an hour and a half, six days a week, and does additional fitness work in her spare time.
She also assists with an after-school kickboxing club to help younger children.
The fifth nominee, second year pupil Abi Allan also competes in kickboxing and trains almost every night of the week on top of her homework.
She placed third in the World Championships in May, and was selected to be part of the Team GB squad in the plus-47kg category.
Focused and determined, she has already achieved a number of titles and is dedicated to continuing her success.
Each night this week the Evening Express will focus on each of the physical achievement award nominees.
The Children’s and Young Person’s Awards – which take place on October 2 – will be giving away prizes in a number of categories including creative learning, developing the young workforce, enterprising young people, health and wellbeing, inspirational leader, learning for sustainability, learning through technology, promoting inclusion and special success.