of Somerset Youth Award won by Burnham-On-Sea teenager
Burnham-On-Sea teenager was last night (Friday) presented with
a prestigious Pride of Somerset Award.
the 2015 'Pride of Somerset Youth Awards', run by the Rotary Club,
Hannah Bird, 16, was recognised for her voluntary work for Burnham's
Food Festivals and as a top class water skier.
was nominated by the festival's organisers, Beverley and Sarah
Milner Simonds, who were in Taunton for the annual ceremony.
said: "Hannah worked alongside us at the Food and Drink Festival
running part of the event with confidence and maturity far beyond
her years. Being able to give young people real experience and
responsibility running a part of the festival is a really satisfying
part of the event for us."
want the festival to celebrate all parts of our community and
building the confidence of the next generation of young chefs
is a foundation stone for us."
have also watched with amazement as Hannah has gone from beginner
water skier to winning the British Championships and the European
Cup Series - she is a great role model to her peers."
Bird, Hannah's mum, said: "She started water skiing in May
2013 in Lochearnhead and liked it so much she wanted to give a
race a go. She entered into Cardiff sprint race after begging/borrowing
some kit and to her amazement, won her category. She was hooked
and set about getting out on the water as much as the weather
and tide allowed."
did every British race that year and came second overall. In 2014,
she had the bit between her teeth and trained hard during the
winter and spring and hit the water stronger and more determined.
The plan at that stage was to do all the British nationals and
one European race, but ended up do every single European cup race
(excluding Austria as she was on her D of E expedition) and got
accepted into Team GB for the European Championships."
year she won the British Championships, the European Cup Series
and came a very close second in the European Championships."
has been working very hard this winter, with the national coach
and Bath University to ensure she is fighting fit for next season.
She has just been awarded a sports grant from British Waterski
, which is only available to elite youth athletes to assist them
in reaching their goals in the coming season."
said: "I was really surprised to have won, it was such a
great honour to have been nominated. I want to thank Beverley
and Sarah for nominating me. It's also great to have received
the recognition for my sport too. I am sure that this exposure
will help me find a sponsor for the 2015 season."
Hannah with her award and in action on the water and, above, with
mum Cathy and the Food Festival's Beverley Milner Simonds