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Youth award honour

PUBLISHED: 11:50 23 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:51 23 August 2010

INSPIRATIONAL youngsters from across north Kent have been honoured for achievements in the community. The 15th annual Try Angle awards were held at the Woodville Halls, Windmill Street, Gravesend, with a surprise visit by lead singer of the indie rock ba

INSPIRATIONAL youngsters from across north Kent have been honoured for achievements in the community.

The 15th annual Try Angle awards were held at the Woodville Halls, Windmill Street, Gravesend, with a surprise visit by lead singer of the indie rock band The Noisettes, Shingai Shoniwa, to present the Special Achievement Award.

Held last Wednesday, the annual awards were set up by a Kent County Council Youth worker in 1994 to recognise youngsters who have overcome personal struggles in their lives and made an important contribution to their community.

Mike Hill from the council said: "Each year, the Try Angle Awards bring together young people with incredible stories to tell and the countywide ceremonies are a real highlight in the calendar.

"It is vital that we recognise and pay tribute to the youngsters in Kent who work so hard, sometimes in the face of adversity."

Winners on the night included Gravesend teenager Mohammed Rahmani, 18, who won the bravery award. He was forced to leave his friends and family in Iran but since arriving in England has enrolled on a college course and also completed 150 hours of voluntary work in the community working with disabled people.

Athlete Natalie Hickmott, 15, also from Gravesend, won the personal achievement in sport award. The Dartford Harriers member is the under 15 Kent outdoor and indoor 100m, 200m and Pentathlon champion and was selected to represent the county in the English Schools Athletics Championships.

Other winners included Nick Woods, 16, of Gravesend, who won personal achievement in music; Chris Carter, 17 also from Gravesend who won the citizenship award for his volunteer work at the Ellenor Lions Hospice, Coldharbour Road, Northfleet, and a group called Opportunity Gambia, made up of teenagers from Gravesham and Dartford, which is working towards building a new school and health centre in a small village in the Gambia.

The night also saw performances from the Northfleet Dance Crew, Saheli Dance, the Phoenix Performing Arts School and the African Drum Group from Dartford Grammar School.

ed.riley@archant.co.uk

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