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Bristol Young Sporting Hero 2017

- Celebrating our alumni student Paige Jenkins

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Merchants' Academy alumni student Paige Jenkins was awarded Bristol's Young Sporting Hero 2017, at the Bristol Young Heroes Awards hosted at the University of Bristol's Wills Memorial Building on Friday 31st March.


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Paige was nominated by her PE Teacher Miss Pearson, to recognise her contribution to academy sport and charity fundraising over recent years. Paige's achievements have included running two 10km races and raising over £1,800 for Cancer Research, a charity close to a lot of people’s hearts and in memory of her Mother Angela Jenkins.

Throughout her time at Merchants' Academy, Paige generated a lot of positive energy and commitment towards academy sport. During her time in Sixth Form she independently led a very successful after school netball club, which frequently had over 20 students in attendance.

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Since leaving the Academy in 2016, Paige has continued to provide support to academy sports teams, and contributed extensively to the success of school netball. Most notably Y10's achievement of reaching the Bristol School’s semi-final this year. This result for Y10 was undoubtedly a result of Paige’s hard work and dedication in their early years at the academy, where she helped develop their passion and enthusiasm for the sport.

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PE teachers Mr Cole and Mr Harrington attended the Awards Evening, alongside Paige, dressed to impress in black tie. They enjoyed a sit down meal in a positive and stimulating environment, and watched a variety of nominations across a number of categories.

When Paige was announced as the Sporting Hero winner, she thanked her teachers at Merchants' Academy for the support they had given her over the past few years and said she wouldn’t have been there today without them.

All of the staff at the Academy, in particular the PE Department, are incredibly proud of Paige and her achievements and wish her all the best in her next steps in life. Well done Paige.


A special well done must also go to another Merchants' Academy student Ashley Burnett who won the Overall Young Hero 2017 award. Ashley was nominated by Youth Moves where she volunteers and she was praised for her incredible perseverance, dedication to volunteering and ability to overcome adversity all at the age of just 15.


Well done to both Ashley and Paige.



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By Holly Maurice


Over 230 guests including Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane, International DJ Roni Size, Singer Beth Rowley and Hollywood actor Liam Garrigan have turned out to celebrate the fourth annual Bristol Young Heroes Awards.

Held this year at the University of Bristol’s Wills Memorial Building on Queens Road, the night is dedicated to celebrating the valuable contribution that Young People make to the city, particularly those who have overcome difficult circumstances, made a difference in the lives of others or achieved great things.

The nominees and their families were invited where the awards were handed out across nine categories on an evening hosted by Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol and MC’d by ITV presenter Alex Beresford.

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Event sponsors commented on the evening celebrations:

John Pritchard, Vice President and Managing Director, GKN Aerospace Metallics. 'The achievements of these young people are truly inspirational and the awards are a wonderful way of recognising and rewarding those making positive changes to themselves and their communities.'

Steven Edwards, Head of Regulation at Wales and West Utilities. 'Engaging and serving our community is the heart of our business. The Bristol Young Heroes Awards is a fantastic celebration of the positive actions taken by a number of young people within the community we serve and we are therefore delighted to support this excellent event.'

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