Pair up for awards

Andy Gibbon, fourth from left, was a young ambassador at the Prince's Trust sport forum where he spoke in front of celebrities including Jermain Defoe, Arsenal's Rachel Yankey and BBC presenter Chris Hollins about how important sport can be for young people.
Andy Gibbon, fourth from left, was a young ambassador at the Prince's Trust sport forum where he spoke in front of celebrities including Jermain Defoe, Arsenal's Rachel Yankey and BBC presenter Chris Hollins about how important sport can be for young people.
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Two young Sheffielders are in line for awards next week - after achieving success against the odds.

Andy Gibbon, aged 26, and Claire Bradwell, 29, have been nominated for the Yorkshire final of the Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success awards.

Andy is up for the KCOM Group Young Ambassador of the Year prize, praised for volunteering his time, sharing his personal experiences and inspiring young people.

He runs a football coaching business called Star Strikers, working in the city to develop talent for the professional game.

He said: “Since getting in touch with the trust and setting up my own business, I have never looked back.

“I’m so grateful for the help, trust and support they gave me. They were with me all the way.”

Claire has been nominated for the RBS Enterprise Award, which recognises young people who have overcome serious difficulties to create a sustainable business or social enterprise.

She designed the Hip-Rocker, a specially-designed rocking chair with table that allows children in hip spica casts to sit upright to be fed and entertained.

The potential for Claire’s business is huge as chairs are being sold across the world, and are suitable for other conditions too.