Argyll and Bute pair make Young Scot Awards final

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25 Apr 2016 - 15:09

Two young people from Argyll and Bute have made it to the final of this year’s Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards.

Keira Rutherford from the Isle of Bute and Gordon Reid from Helensburgh have fought off hundreds of entries to make it into the final 36.

Keira Rutherford, 11

Keira, a pupil at Rothesay Joint Campus, is up for the Unsung Hero Award. This award pays tribute to someone who goes the extra mile every day but never asks for any recognition or reward, someone who has overcome difficult circumstances or risen to a challenge and achieved something in the face of adversity.

Keira dedicates her time to raising money for good causes and has raised £2,500 over the past five years for charities, including Erskine Hospital and the British Heart Foundation. The 11-year-old was given a British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizens Award for her efforts in October 2013.

Gordon Reid, 24

Gordon, a former Hermitage Academy pupil, has been shortlisted for the Sport Award. This category celebrates people who, through their hard efforts and determination, have achieved the extraordinary in sport.

Twenty-four-year-old Gordon has overcome many struggles to become the Australian Open wheelchair tennis champion and mixes on the global tennis circuit with Andy Murray and Roger Federer. After competing in Beijing and London, he’s also set to take part in his third Paralympics in Rio.

Now in its 11th year, the Young Scot Awards have been a phenomenal success, recognising the amazing achievements of some of Scotland’s truly remarkable young people.  The awards shine a light on the positive contributions young people make every day and provide a fantastic opportunity to see their efforts and dedication celebrated.

The winners will be announced at a sensational red carpet ceremony, full of VIP guests and entertainment at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Wednesday (27 April 2016).