Outstanding achievements of Aberdeen youngsters recognised at awards

The outstanding accomplishments of a host of young people in Aberdeen have been honoured at a special ceremony.

Run by Aberdeen City Council, the Children and Young People’s Services Awards aim to recognise people who have gone above and beyond in their duties – with categories including technology, health and wellbeing and physical achievement.

The event, held at the Beach Ballroom, handed out 13 awards to youngsters.

St Machar Academy pupils Kai Noble and Caitlin Flinn, both 14, walked away with the Physical Achievement Award.

This year marked the debut of the category in a public vote – only the third in the ceremony’s history. The S4 pupils were nominated by the academy’s depute head teacher Craig McDermott for their commitment to their sport of karate, in which they have competed at national and international level as part of the British Kata Karate Team.

The pair have also set up their own karate club at St Machar Academy to pass on their skills to younger pupils.

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St Machar head teacher Joanne Hesford spoke of her pride in both of the pupils following their win.

She said: “I am extremely proud of them. It’s a testament to their hard work and dedication that they have achieved this.

“That is the sort of personality that both young people have for all aspects of life – they are so determined. They are true credits to the school and also make fantastic role models in the school community.”

Kai Noble and Caitlin Flinn from St Academy

Kai said: “I would like to say thank you to everyone who voted for us to win this award it’s amazing to get an email to say we were shortlisted, then to get your name called out to say we won the award when it was tough competition.

It’s unbelievable to say we got it. I would also say well done to everyone who was shortlisted, it was a great night and I am so happy to win this award.”

The Winners: Aberdeen Children and Young People’s Services Awards

While Caitlin added: “I’d also like to say thank you to everyone who voted, our instructor Sensi Liam Flinn and our depute head Mr McDermott for putting us forward for this amazing experience.”

Councillor John Wheeler, education operational delivery convener, also praised Kai and Caitlin and paid tribute to all the young people who received awards.

He said: “To emerge triumphant from such an outstanding line up of nominees speaks volumes for them. I’d like say congratulations to all of the pupils who were shortlisted and thank you to everyone who took part in the public vote.

“These awards celebrate the very best of our children and young people and the outstanding work done by Aberdeen City Council’s services to support them.”