The Pride of Somerset Youth Awards went ahead this year despite many challenges presented by the COVID lockdown. Nominations flooded in for this prestigious event and eight young people from across Somerset were chosen to receive awards in a range of categories. Four youngsters from Taunton were selected in their categories. Amy Keitch won the award for Overcoming Physical Adversity for her achievements in attaining Gold in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Emily Vernon was recognised for her musical talents and ‘bagged’ the award for Cultural Activity. Fin Bendle won the Sport Award for achievements in cricket and Gwen Greenslade-Yates won the Volunteering award for his campaign, Owen’s War on Plastic’.
You can read more about their stories on the Rotary Club of Taunton’s website or listen to the awardees alongside BBC’s Claire Carter as she announces the winners. The Taunton Club has a key role in organising and sponsoring the awards alongside Avon and Somerset Police, Somerset Day community Interest Company, Young Somerset and BBC Somerset.
Past winners have included England cricketer, Jos Butler; British gymnast, Laura Gallagher and wheelchair athlete, Jamie Edwards.