2018

Meet our 2018 Wings Award Winners:

11-13 Age Category

 

Meet Joshua…

Joshua was nominated by his Dad for raising money for two local charities by taking part in a ‘3 Generations Swim’ with his Dad and Grandfather in choppy, cold, open waters. Despite having to receive treatment for mild hypothermia after, Joshua said it was a great experience! What an inspiration to the rest of us and still only 11!! #CelebrateMotivateInspire

Meet Mia…

Mia was nominated by her teacher at Loreto Grammar School, Omagh. Her teacher describes Mia as being a fantastic young carer for her younger sister. When Mia realised how much her sister enjoyed swimming, Mia felt compelled to undertake her Rookie Lifeguard Qualification, in order to ensure Ruby’s safety and well-being in the water. Wow, sisterly love at it’s best! #CelebrateMotivateInspire

 

Meet Kaylee…

Kaylee was nominated by her teacher at Killard House School, Donaghadee. Kaylee has overcame personal challenges to discover a huge talent for music and singing. She has since performed in London & America and has gone viral twice with her version of Hallelujah, most recently seen on America’s ‘Little Big Shots’. We were blown away by your voice and your amazing, positive attitude, Kaylee – remember us when you’re famous! #CelebrateMotivateInspire

 

14-16 Age Category

 

Meet Holly…

Holly was nominated by her teacher at Our Lady’s Grammar, Newry for her work as a young carer & her active involvement in Newry & Mourne Young Carers Group. Holly is also involved with “Together: Building a United Community Peace Camp” which aims to build community relations with youth from different backgrounds. In recognition of her work as a carer she was awarded the 2016 Shining Light Award for her age group and in 2015/16 Newry & Mourne Young  Carers won the Diana Award. Holly you definitely are a ‘shining light’!

 

Meet Niamh…

Niamh was nominated by her teacher at St. Joseph’s Grammar, Donaghmore for giving of herself fully to her local GAA club and community, constantly fundraising and helping however she can. Niamh currently plays for U16 and minor ladies’ football teams as well as playing for the Tyrone Ladies U16 team. Last year Niamh captained her clubs U14 Ladies team as well as the Tyrone Ladies’ U14 who went on to win an ulster C title. Niamh’s dedication, attendance and effort to her training and matches are exceptional and she would be considered a role model for many of her team mates and friends. Niamh, we’re exhausted just trying to read all that you do!

 

Meet Maeve…

Maeve was nominated by her teacher at St. Mary’s College, Derry for her efforts to increase the amount of girls in STEM subjects. She is the current Northern Ireland Young Scientist and often represents her school at the BT Young Scientist, Technology and Engineering Competition. Maeve was also runner-up in the Junior Science age category of the National Science and Engineering Competition where she represented Northern Ireland and competed against projects from throughout the UK. Maeve, we can tell you have a very bright future ahead!

 

17-24 Age Category

Meet Ciara…

Ciara was nominated by Ulster University, Jordanstown for her commitment to promoting basketball and netball at the university. She has taken on a Chairperson role within the club, trains eight times a week herself, referees games, arranges matches and training, was awarded ‘Fresher of the Year’ last year and her efforts have resulted in an increase of 150%  in students taking part in wheelchair basketball. Ciara, we don’t know when you get time to sleep!!

 
 

Meet Caitrín…

Caitrín was nominated by the Chairperson of her Irish Dance School for participating in the two sports of Camogie & Irish Dancing at the highest level, requiring sacrifice, dedication and commitment. She has several Ulster and World titles to her name in Irish dancing, including being part of a routine that achieved a ‘perfect score’ at an International Festival last summer. Caitrín makes time in her busy schedule to help teach the younger pupils, passing on her passion for dance. She is also an extremely talented Camóg, winning countless County & Ulster titles and was awarded the Gaelic Life Player of the Year in 2015. What a role model, showing that with hard work and determination, you can achieve anything!

 

Meet Ryan…

Ryan was nominated by his family friend and neighbour, Maria for his tireless fundraising for various charities through profits raised by his business “Ryan’s Cookie Box”. Ryan sells his delicious baked goods providing a local community service via his “Cookie Box” positioned at the end of his garden, customers leave their money in an honesty box with monthly total profit in excess of £600! Ryan donates his monthly profits to various charities such as Marie Curie, Medicines Sans Frontiers, Age NI, Air Ambulance NI and Adsum Foundation. We were delighted to see Ryan got his Great British Bake Off-inspired yellow mixer! Ryan you were an absolute gentleman to meet and I hope someday soon we can sample more of those amazing brownies!

 

Meet Janda…

Janda was nominated by her teacher at St. Mary’s College, Derry for helping others overcome challenges and adversity. Janda arrived in Derry from Syria in 2016 and immediately threw herself into the local community. She began teaching English to other refugees, but also teaching Kurdish and Arabic to local people, enabling friends and neighbours to communicate better with the Syrian community in Derry. Janda also leads `field trips` to the town centre, to help newcomers recognise the different street signs and help them find their way around, as well as showing them how to take buses and taxis back to their homes. She translates for other refugees during medical appointments and is an integral part of her community. Janda you blew us away with your selfless means to do your best for both sides of your community and you are an inspiration to all of us!

 

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