Dog lover Charlotte Page from Ely, Cambridge won the Young
Kennel Club (YKC) Outstanding Young Person of the Year award as
well as the YKC Stakes at Crufts 2016 on Sunday 13th March.
Charlotte collected her Outstanding Person of the Year award
during a special presentation ceremony for the finalists in the YKC
ring, followed shortly by taking first place in the main arena on
the final day of Crufts.
Every year Charlotte goes through tough physical challenges to
raise money and awareness for charity. Last year the 22-year-old
and her four year-old Dalmatian Pandora climbed Ben Nevis and next
month they will be taking on the Virgin London Marathon to raise
money for Dogs for Good.
Charlotte also gives up her spare time to help two shows each
year; East of England Championship Show and the North of England
Dalmatian Club, and spends most evenings putting together the
newsletter for the Dalmatian Club and various other activities that
the committees need help with.
Charlotte said of her fantastic achievement: "It feels so
incredible to have won. There were some really great finalists and
to have won is amazing.
"The Young Kennel Club brings all of us young handlers together,
so it's brilliant to see people that you don't see all year and
have fun with them."
So far Charlotte has raised nearly £4,000 pounds for charity,
which she hopes will increase significantly after she runs the
More than 60 Young Kennel Club members were nominated for one of
five categories in the prestigious award which celebrates the
hardworking, inspirational and selfless actions of young dog
lovers. Each category winner was invited to Crufts 2016 for the
award ceremony following a public vote to decide the overall YKC
Outstanding Young Person of the Year award.
The category winners for award were:
• Young Braveheart of the Year - Ruby James, aged 9, who lives
with a complex condition called Noonan syndrome, an autism spectrum
disorder, and deteriorating visual impairment. In spite of these
obstacles she is a little girl completely dedicated to her dogs and
thrives on handling them at every possible opportunity.
• Champion Volunteer of the Year - Lyndsey Jones, aged 16, who
has put an incredible amount of time and hard work into
community-based volunteering, running a dog training school twice a
week, with all proceeds going to a dog charity. She is mature
beyond her years and is incredibly selfless when it comes to
• Good Buddy of the Year - Kaydie Davidson, aged 8, who is the
youngest member at the Newton Heath Dog Training Club. She
regularly helps with the puppy course at the club which informs
other young people about dog etiquette.
• Sporting Talent of the Year - Belle Howlett, aged 14, who has
been training dogs in agility since the age of six. With her dog
Ami, Belle has won many first place titles including the Agility
Club Starters Cup and the Kennel Club International Young Handler
of the Year.
• Fundraiser of the Year - Charlotte-Louise Page, aged 22,
who has raised nearly £4,000 for charity and regularly pushes
herself to complete both physical and mental challenges with her
dog Pandora in order to raise as much money as she can.
The YKC Outstanding Young Person of the Year award is the
highest level of achievement for young dog lovers. For over twenty
five years Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine
Trophy to the winner of the award at Crufts, in memory of their
son, Shaun. The trophy is awarded annually to encourage young dog
lovers to become more involved in dog activities, as Shaun himself
had achieved considerable success as a dog handler.
Previous winners of the competition have been selected for their
volunteering and fundraising for dog charities, helping organise
dog activities in the local community, and assisting others through
training, stewarding and mentoring.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, commented: "The YKC
Outstanding Young Person of the Year award is always one of the
highlights at Crufts; Charlotte and all of this year's finalists
should all be extremely proud. We are delighted to have such
generous and talented young people as Young Kennel Club
"Congratulations to Charlotte on her fantastic double win. The
hard work and dedication she puts into the canine world is an
inspiration to us all and she is a well-deserving winner."
For further information about Crufts visit www.crufts.org.uk. If you
would like to find out more about the Young Kennel Club and how to
join please contact the YKC team on 020 7518 1030 or visit www.ykc.org.uk.
Crufts took place from 10th - 13th March 2016 at the NEC,
Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.
The results for Crufts 2016 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk.
For free downloadable images from Crufts 2016, please go to www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2016/.