‘Outstanding Achievement’ Awards 2013

The tenth Outstanding Achievement Awards were held at the Marriott Leicester where eleven fantastic finalists were whittled down to five fabulous winners.

They were called on stage to collect their prizes by the host for the evening, Tony Wadsworth, from BBC Radio Leicester.

Achievement Awards


Category A – Outstanding achievement by a young person

Poppie Simmonds

For the last six years Poppie has been involved with the Blaby District Youth Council and Leicestershire County Youth Council. She works tirelessly to promote the youth councils and to get the voice of young people heard, believing passionately that young people have the right to have their say on issues that affect them. She regularly presents in school assemblies and has been recently elected as a member of the UK Youth Parliament, debating on important issues in the House of Commons and across her constituency.

Kirk Croft

Kirk has been painting and decorating for just two years, attending South Leicestershire College and working as an apprentice. In that time he has been placed or won no less than eleven painting and decorating competitions, including the Johnstone’s painting and decorating midlands regional heat to being placed second in the Dulux national final. In 2013 he was selected to represent the UK in the world skills final in Leipzig, Germany; a world wide competition with 18 different countries being represented. After four days of intense competition Kirk was awarded a medal of excellence for finishing third.


Category B – Selfless service to a voluntary body or the community

Lucy Smith

Lucy has worked selflessly over a number of years to improve the lives of older people, not only in Blaby district, but across the whole county. Previously the Chair of the Older People’s Forum in Blaby, Lucy is now currently Chair of the Older People’s Engagement Network and has recently taken it forward to become an independent group. She works virtually full time, often attending day conferences and meetings across the county, as well as running a weekly painting group in Blaby.

Patrick Joinson

Patrick is the oldest volunteer at Fareshare Leicester, a self supporting project that helps to feed over 2,000 of the most seriously disadvantaged people in Leicestershire, using surplus food from the food industry. And at 76 he puts many a man half his age to shame. Patrick works tirelessly two or three days a week for the charity, sorting, packing and delivering surplus food and drink to community member groups throughout the district, Leicester city, and county.

Category C – Sporting Achievement

Lizzie Warner

Lizzie has achieved so much in archery for one so young. She is a national champion both indoors and outdoors and has broken national, regional and county records. Her major accomplishments in the last eight months include Girls Recurve Champion in the County Outdoor Championships, Girls under 14 Recurve Champion in the National Outdoor Championships, highest scorer for the winning East Midlands girls recurve team in the Junior National Championships, and the highest scoring recurve archer for the winning England team at Home International.

Jack Warren-Ballard

Jack is an exceptionally talented young swimmer with several achievements already under his belt. In 2012 Jack was a finalist at the British Gas National Championships in the 200 and 100 metre backstroke. He has been the English Schools 200 metre backstroke champion for the last two years and is also a senior record holder. Last year Jack also represented England at the WISE swimming championships in Sunderland and won gold in the 200 metre backstroke. He is the county backstroke champion and this year equalled a county record that has stood for 22 years in the 200 metre freestyle event.

Megan Seagrave

Megan is an artistic roller skater and has been skating since she was six years old. Now at thirteen, Megan has achieved a huge amount in her chosen sport, including the honour of being chosen to represent Great Britain. In 2012 she took her first podium place becoming British Combined Champion, and was then selected for the GB squad. This year Megan moved from Espoir to Bronze standard, receiving a Bronze medal in the British Championships, and secured her place on the GB squad for a second year.

Category D – Community or voluntary group that improves the quality of life for residents in Blaby district

Horses for Causes

Based at Soar Valley Western Stables in Blaby, Horses for Causes is a unique service providing personalised social care for young and old, through equine interaction. The team work with children and adults with mental and physical disabilities, using the friendship of horses to bring them out of their shells and feel better about themselves. A personalised framework is provided by the service, which is tailor made for individual circumstances. The service liaises with The National Autistic Society and other organisations.

Blaby & District Lions Club

The Blaby and District Lions Club was formed in 1987 with the object of serving the community and has since become one of the premier service organisations in the area. It has raised many thousands of pounds over the years for those in need including the young, the elderly and the disabled and its members work tirelessly to achieve their goals. Recent projects include organising diabetes screening to be carried out in local communities, making up and delivering Christmas hampers to the elderly, organising the Blaby Carnival, tree planting at local schools and sponsoring local young people and clubs.

Category E – Individual or group that makes the district a safer place to live

Jack Feast

Jack lives in Sharnford and has been a dedicated member of his community for a number of years. He volunteers as a flood warden in the village, which is unfortunately in a high risk flood area. Through this role Jack has selflessly helped and assisted his fellow residents on several occasions. He always remains calm in a crisis and his local knowledge has proven to be invaluable, particularly when assisting those that are vulnerable and may be in need of support from multi agency services.

Volunteer Rangers

This group has made a substantial improvement to the environment in Fosse Meadows, Bouskell Park, Whistle Way, and Crowmills. Ranging from 19 – 65 years of age, they have been committed to improving the environment making the parks safer and environmentally friendlier places to visit. The group have undertaken the removal of graffiti, excessive litter picking, repairing and relaying public footpaths, and the removal of undergrowth and overhanging trees and branches. Their visual presence in the parks has also resulted in a decrease of anti social behaviour.

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