Local Hero Awards: Nominate an inspirational young person

Nominations close on September 18.

Do you know an inspirational young person who deserves to be recognised?

The Edinburgh Evening News is looking for nominations to the Inspirational Young Adult category of the Local Hero awards 2020.

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This award recognises youngsters between 16 and 24 years old who have shown exceptional drive and determination for a cause, belief or individual in the face of adversity.

This may be someone who has stood up against injustices such as racism or bullying, or someone who has acted selflessly or bravely in a difficult situation.

The 2019 award was given to Heather Nicol, 17, who c

ampaigned for Heathers Law to give young people the right to refuse to see a parent convicted of domestic abuse.

Nominations are also open for Sporting Hero of the Year.

This special award recognises an individual or team who have made an outstanding contribution and dedication to local sport and physical activity.

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This could be an individual person or a sporting team who have achieved something in relation to any type of sport.

This can include coaches and managers, as well as the players themselves, and is applicable at every level from children to adults and sports clubs to schools.

The 2019 award was won by Stevie Waterson, a long-distance athlete who completed the Loch Ness marathon just eight months after recovering from a life-threatening illness.

Sponsor Capital Cars said: “This year more than ever it is so important that we unite and celebrate those who have made an impact on our local communities.

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"Sport plays a huge part in the times we are living through, it helps peoples mental as well as physical health.

"This year Capital Cars are proud to sponsor the local sporting hero and look forward to not only recognising our winner but all those nominated for their own dedicated efforts.”

The Carer of the Year award is also open, and seeking to identify an individual who has made personal sacrifices in order to tend to the needs of others.

Susan Wilson, 43, was the 2019 winner. She was recognised for her tireless work in caring for her son Riley, who was born with Down Syndrome.

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Nominations for all categories are open until September 18.

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