SOME of the country’s brightest young people visited Stormont on Wednesday and were awarded medals by Paralympian Champion, Michael McKillop and Sir Robert Salisbury,for their work on the Inspire-Aspire programme.
The Inspire-Aspire Awards programme reached 35,000 young people this year by using the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the character qualities of Olympians to inspire young people to set personal goals and to develop future aspirations.
Winning the top Gold medal at the event was Ellen Young from St Pius X College who chose Oscar Pistorius as an inspirational figure as part of her work on the programme.
Explaining the reasons for her choice, said “Oscar Pistorius has made me understand that we are all human beings and that we should never judge somebody on how they look. In my eyes he is a true champion.”
St Pius X College was well represented at the prestigious event with two other of their students picking up medals. Anna Young won fourth prize in the Gold category and Anna Devlin, one of the college’s Year 9 students, was awarded a Bronze medal by Michael McKillop.
Before presenting the awards, double World Champion and Paralympic Gold medallist McKillop told a packed audience that it was being treated as an equal and his determination never to give up which had contributed to his success.
Inspire-Aspire aim to help young people gain a better understanding of their own character qualities and values and inspire them to create a personal development plan. Ellen Young, explained how much of an impact participating in Inspire-Aspire has had on her: “I have learned that hard work and determination really does get you somewhere in life if you push yourself to the limit.”