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Rotary Young Writer 2019: The national results

Rotary Young Writer 2019: The national results

After being given a theme, participants can choose to write fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem. It’s a chance to be imaginative.

Rotary GBI is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Young Writer competition.

Rotary is committed to many matters, however, developing skills of the future generation is a high priority.

Through various youth competitions, Rotary clubs across Great Britain and Ireland are building fundamental skills like writing, speaking and cooking. Learn more about other competitions here.

The aim of Young Writer is to give young people the opportunity to showcase their written talent through fiction, non-fiction or a poem.

This year’s theme was ‘My Inspiration’.

National Coordinator (2014-2019) Peter Dowse thanked clubs and districts during his time as competition lead.

He said, “This is my final year, and have enjoyed doing this coordination.

“It was a pleasure to add two important milestones in the form of a poetry competition for The Queen’s 90th Birthday and the Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan.

“Both sets of judges stated that the winning submissions were excellent, of a continuing higher standard and that it was difficult to judge!

“Well done to all entrants and thanks again to clubs and districts for entering.

“We have had 25 districts submit entries – thank you for continuing to provide this opportunity for young people in your local area.”

Extracts of first place winners will be uploaded soon.

Junior (7 – 10)

  1. Ahmed Bukhari – Sponsored by Burnham Beeches Rotary – Rotary in Thames Valley, Berks, Bucks and Middlesex
  2. Arlo Freer – Sponsored by Four Marks and Medstead Rotary – Rotary in Wessex including the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands
  3. Betty Algar – Sponsor club not shown – Rotary in East Anglia

Intermediate (11 – 13)

  1. Leanne Painter – Sponsored by Uttoxeter Rotary – Rotary in Shropshire, Staffordshire and parts of the West Midlands.
  2. Euan Bennett – Sponsored by Bebington Rotary – North & Mid Wales, Wirral & Merseyside, parts of Lancashire, Cheshire and Shropshire
  3. Samuel Horn – Sponsored by Ashford Rotary – Rotary in the South East

Senior (14 – 17)

  1. Euan Sinclair – Sponsored by Haverfordwest Rotary – Rotary in Southern Wales
  2. Ruby Browning – Sponsored by Bude Rotary – Rotary in South West Peninsula
  3. Abrielle Preston – Sponsor club not shown – Rotary in Cumbria and Lancashire joint with Olivia Weston – sponsored by Hamble Valley – Rotary in Wessex including the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands

Next year’s theme is ‘Connections’.

Download the 2019/20 competition Information Pack and contact your local Rotary club for an entry form.

Use the club finder to locate the nearest club to you.

With support all the way from your local Rotary club, there is no reason not to take the leap and enter.