Last night, Cowes Yacht Haven was transformed for the Annual Young Chamber Awards.
Each year the awards recognise members of the Young Chamber who have excelled in their achievements.
Hearing the extent of the challenges the young people have faced in the last year, made it clear that this awards ceremony was not a veneer of fluff, but well deserved recognition for the hard work, initiative and enterprise shown by the young people.
The evening featured updates from several of the young people on what they’d been involved with over the previous year, as well as a motivational talk by former Apprentice finalist, Saira Khan.
Attitude is everything
Giving a background to her upbringing, role models and motivation, Saira explained the process of being on The Apprentice and boiled her success down to being hugely driven.
Her message to the young people was that if you want it hard enough and have the right attitude, you can achieve anything.
Interviews to follow
VB was lucky enough to catch Hayley Toms, who picked up three awards, and Kevin Smith (Chamber Chief Executive) for interviews after the events. Those to follow later.
In the meantime, congratulations to all the young people who received awards last night, and all those who took part in the challenges.
Winning team for the Young Chamber Challenge
Hayley Toms; Matt Randall; Michael Chard; Charlotte Pointing; Sophie Moule. Well done!
Highest Individual Achievement at Young Chamber Challenges
Hayley Toms for Hants Constab & IW Radio Challenge
Michael Chard for Navigate Solutions Challenge
Hayley Toms for Liz Earle Challenge
Charlie Welman: Into the Blue Challenge
Rosie Ely for Southern Vectis Challenge
Bradley McLaughlin for Minghella Ice Cream Challenge
Most Valued Employer Contribution
St Catherine’s: WightLink
Sandown: Chief Fire Officer
Medina High: Moreys
Cowes High: PC Lisa Paul from Hampshire Constabulary
Christ the King: Mountjoy
Carisbrooke: Gary Hall, Plaza Ice Cream
Most Valued Young Chamber Council Member
St Catherine’s: Charlie Riley
Sandown High: Emma Johnson
Medina High: Stuart Woods
Christ the King: Matty Gough
Cowes: Ellie Holman
Carisbrooke is Jessica Kullander