Outstanding young people to be recognised with major Crufts awards

The Young Kennel Club (YKC) is seeking nominations for the next Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year, which will be awarded at the world's biggest dog show, Crufts 2016.

Through five different categories, the prestigious award acknowledges and highlights the positive contribution that YKC members make to the world of dogs. The categories are[i]:

• Young Braveheart of the Year: Recognising young people who have overcome personal barriers with their dog to achieve success.
• Champion Volunteer of the Year: Recognising young people who give up their time to volunteer to help others.
• Good Buddy of the Year: Recognising young people and their dogs who have proved themselves to be good role models.
• Sporting Talent of the Year: Recognising young people who demonstrate a real passion for competing with or training their dog.
• Fundraiser of the Year: Recognising young people who raise money for good causes.
Previous winners of the annual 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.
Shortlisted nominees for each category will be invited to Crufts 2016 for a special presentation ceremony where the overall winner will be announced and will receive £750 which will be used towards helping them progress their love of dogs.
Young Kennel Club Chairman, Gerald King said: "The Shaun McAlpine Award is a highlight of my year. Every year we hear about outstanding commitments, work and the journeys of our members, and the awards provide us with the opportunity to showcase and honour the wonderful work they do.

"The 2015 winner was a prime example of the dedicated and caring YKC members. Ollie Beckett won 'Fundraiser of the Year' after raising nearly £1,000 for the UK Bullmastiff Rescue and Adoption charity with his 'Pledge a £1 for Alfie fund', following the dreadful plight of a cruelly treated rescue Bullmastiff who suffered horrendous injuries and passed away."
The 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 Outstanding Young Person of the Year award in memory of their son. 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.

Anyone can nominate a YKC member in one of the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year award categories by submitting the application online from now until January 10th 2016.
Once nominations have been revealed, the general public will then decide the winner via an online vote on the YKC website (http://www.ykc.org.uk/content/our-awards/young-person-award/).

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