Congratulations to each of the following young athletes for being nominated for a Sport Newcastle Rising Star award. There were 40 nominations.
On this occasion the following young athletes were unsuccessful but we want to recognise their amazing achievements in their chosen sport.
Gregory Abibu Bukasa Athletics/rugby Samuel Aiston Squash/football/rugby/athletics
Maria Athina Sailing Jenna Banks Karate
Jack Bell Fencing Rosie Belshaw Golf
Martin Bland Trampoline Poppy Chennells Fencing
Megan Darwood Swimming/netball Emma Dixon Triathlon
Will Dixon Triathlon Kay Errington Pony club tetrathlon
Charlotte Graham Badminton Holly Hardy Golf
Henry Joynson Golf Olivia Katory Swimming/athletics/triathlon
Alfie Kelly Swimming Anna O'Brien Swimming
Matthew Oswell Cricket Ekaterina Price Swimming
Emilia Robson Fencing Jamie Setch Rowing
Zak Shahid Basketball Jamie Tinnion Badminton
Cameron Taylor Thorn Archery Themba Yabantu Basketball
Ryan Zhao Swimming
We know sporting success does not come easily. To achieve such high levels of performance requires dedication, hard work and determination. To be nominated by a teacher or coach shows just how highly these individuals are rated.
Their success is also a credit to the support provided by their family, coaches and teachers, so we would like to congratulate them too.
We wish everyone on this list every success in your chosen sport and hope that many of you are nominated again in the future when you’ve gone that step further along your sporting journey.
Details of this year's Rising Stars will appear after the Awards Dinner on 5th March 2018.
Mike Booth, chair, Sport Newcastle Awards Committee