THE achievements of youngsters from across Rotherham were celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony on Friday.
Tales of triumph over adversity and young people going above and beyond the call of duty dominated the Rotherham Advertiser Young Achievers 2013 awards at Magna.
More than 70 nominees took to the stage as 19 awards were handed out by hosts Young Apprentice TV star Ashleigh Porter-Exley and nursing student and aspiring actor Tom Hatfield.
The top prize, the Rotherham Advertiser Readers Award, was scooped by 18-year-old Rotherham lad Sam Whelan, who also won the Triumph Over Adversity award.
The 300 people who attended the awards heard how Sam, a second year apprentice at Morrison, was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was just 15. Despite this, he has fought through many operations and on-going treatment and raised more than £2,000 by walking the Three Peaks for the Master Cutlers Challenge and recently undertook a DIY SOS challenge.
Before the awards entertainment was provided by young clarinettist Robbie Jansen, Rotherham female singing trio Armonia, singer Holly Webb and Advertiser Young Poet competition winner six-year-old Safia Mirza, who read out her poem about life in her home village of Carr.
Community Impact/Improvement Award: Rebeka Stevenson; Young Mentor Award (In honour of Vince McNeely): Rumbidzai Kambarami, Joshua Grundy and Charlotte Whitehouse; Emergency Services Award: Abaid Hussain; Triumph Over Adversity Award: Sam Whelan; Personal Achievement Award: Tom Smith; Young Campaigner Award: Sile Sibanda; Young Sportsperson Award: Adam Hague; Inspirational Teacher Award: Sophie Maxwell; Caring For The Elderly Award: Kelly Marsh; Young Volunteer Award: Jess Taylor;
Youth In Dialogue Award: Joshua Grundy, Katie Bates, Sam Parkes, Rumbidzai Kambarami, Abida Ali; Outstanding Courage and Bravery Award: Luke Bell; Achievements in the Arts Award: Luke Taylor;
Young Carer Award: Lewis Weatherstone; Young Apprentice Award: Shaunah Webster; Young Fundraiser Award: Callum Westrop; Young Entrepreneur Award: Charlotte Scothern; Outstanding School Progress Award: Nathan Hollingworth; Rotherham Advertiser Readers Award: Sam Whelan