The Young Ambassador Competition 2014 was held at the Holiday Inn, Newport on Sunday 19 January. Four fantastic candidates, all worthy of winning the Competition, took part.
Antonia supported by Llandrindod Wells Club, Rohan supported by Lechlade & District Club, Charley supported by Porthcawl Club and Sophie supported by Ross-on-Wye Club. It was so nice to see so many lions support this Competition.
Each Candidate drew a number to find out who was to go first, and after settling the judges in their rooms, our first candidate was escorted to her interview. Each candidate’s interview lasted approximately 20 minutes. Finally after much deliberating, the judges returned to the main hall. Our lead judge Margaret from Radstock & Midsomer Norton along with Caroline and Jack both from Ystradgynlais near Swansea all told me it had been really hard deciding, the standard being very high and there was very little between them all.
Keeping the guests waiting a little longer to find out who the winner was it was decided to have lunch. After which the Candidates each gave a short presentation of their work in the community. I can assure you that they really work hard. Trying to fit all they do on an A4 piece of paper for the information boards was nigh on impossible. Where do they get the time and energy to do what they do? It never ceases to amaze me how much they do and expect no recognition; they just do it. All the youngsters get these days is bad press but I, and those that are involved in the Young Ambassador Competition know different.
Finally, after DG Lion John presented small gifts and certificates of appreciation to our Judges it was time to announce the Winner – Sophie supported by Ross on Wye. Well done.
Each participant was presented with a Certificate of Achievement and a trophy.
Let us not forget the other 3 young people they are all winners but only one can go on to the finals in Dudley. None of them should look back upon today thinking that they have either won or lost, because all the hard work they are doing in their local communities is extremely important and no one can ever take that away from them. They are all winners and should have pride in their achievements, I have.