Do you know a young person who is excelling in adventure sports? Are they pushing their boundaries? Or have they overcome a challenge or demonstrated great progress in the face of adversity? A nationwide search is on to find the University of Derby Young Adventurer of The Year 2014.
Last year’s Derbyshire Young Adventurer of the Year Awards was such a success that the 2014 competition has been extended so that all eligible young people in the UK can take part.
The winner will be announced on 10 October at a ceremony in the University’s Outdoor Leadership Centre at Oaklands Manor and will kick off this year’s Buxton Adventure Festival, which is sponsored by the University and runs from 11-12 October.
Professor Nick Draper, Head of School of Sport Performance and Outdoor Leadership, said: “Last year’s awards were a huge success. Our shortlist of 17 nominees featured runners, climbers, walkers, cyclists, sailors - and even a 9 year old speed skater.
“This year, to reflect the growing popularity of sport performance and outdoor leadership courses with students from all over the country, we want to make the awards nationwide.”
The winner will be awarded the Young Adventurer of The Year trophy and an iPad. The two runners-up will also each receive an iPad. There will still be a Derbyshire title winner, who will win an Adventure Day experience at Oaklands Manor for themselves and up to 20 classmates.
Dr Peter Dewhurst, Strategic Director at the University of Derby, said: "Adventure is at the heart of our courses at Oaklands Manor where we equip students with the practical skills needed to face the challenges they will encounter whether they work in the outdoors industry or become explorers and adventurers themselves."
This year’s Buxton Adventure Festival will be held alongside the University’s Open Day at the Devonshire Dome for students interested in applying for courses in Sports and Outdoor Leadership, and The Great Peak District Fair and Buxton Beer Festival in the Pavilion Gardens.
The award is also supported by the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership which helps provide quality PE and sports opportunities.
Who is your top young explorer? Perhaps you know someonw who is leading by example, volunteering or coaching to help others reach their potential? Describe in 250 words or less why you want to nominate your son, daughter, young relative, friend or classmate, student or club member, fellow team member or even yourself!
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