Teenage community champion among those honoured at Sunderland’s Young Achievers

James Corner receives his overall winner's trophy from Coun Pat Smith at the Young Achievers Awards

James Corner receives his overall winner's trophy from Coun Pat Smith at the Young Achievers Awards

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JAMES Corner is the pick of Wearside’s youngsters.

The 17-year-old, from Washington, received the Andy Neal Award as he was named overall winner of the 2014 Sunderland Young Achievers’ Awards at the climax of the presentation ceremony at the Stadium of Light.

James was also the winner of the Service to the Community (15-20-years) category, for his work through the Foundation of Light’s Kicks Project, his commitment to the Young Firefighters’ Association and his dedication to being a RNLI Lifeguard.

He was presented with his award by Coun Pat Smith, the city council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, who said: “James is a very deserving winner of this award.

“He is a lovely young man who has demonstrated that hard work and commitment really do pay off.

“With the positive attitude he applies to everything he does, I’m sure he has a great future ahead of him.”

Now in their 21st year, the Sunderland Young Achievers’ Awards were created to recognise and reward the achievements of young people from across the city.

The annual ceremony celebrates young people’s achievements, bravery, talents and the positive contribution they make to the life of the city through a wide range of categories.

Sunderland Echo editor John Szymanski was among those invited to present awards this year and was impressed by the high standard and inspiring stories on show.

“It was both a pleasure and a privilege to be invited to take part in the Young Achievers Awards this year,” he said.

“There are many young people doing extraordinary thing in Sunderland and it is vitally important that we take the time to recognise and honour that.

“Every single person nominated is an inspiration in their own right and the only pity was that they couldn’t all win.”

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