2017 gave us some absolutely exceptional candidates, whose determination to succeed, despite hardship and deprivation, has shined tthrough. Also outstanding has been the dedication of their families and club supporters who have been determined to help them realise their potential.
There are many who dream, and there are the very special few like Classical and Modern Dance Trainee Emily Harrison, who do whatever it takes to make their dreams a reality. Emily has demonstrated her skill and dedication, and we feel very privileged to be able to help in some small way, although it is clear that she will attain her goals and make her dreams a reality.
In her personal statement, Ellwyn Yardley said this. "When I am dancing I feel I can express what I feel, rather than trying to find the words to fit what I am trying to say." Eloquence comes in many forms and, in Ellwyn's case, it is in music, dance and physical expression. Carry on and show the world how beautiful it is to communicate through the joy of movement and grace.
Pole vaulter Victoria Barlow is clearly a high achiever. She aims for the stars and strives to be the best in all that she does. She will achieve great things in life, in sport and in her career. We are proud to be able to help her along her path to excellence in her chosen sport.
Young Sprint Champion, Jona Efoloko, continues his march, or should we say 'sprint', toward the highest level of National and International sporting achievement. We have no doubts that he will be a star of his chosen sport, and we look forward to watching him burn up the track at International Sports Competitions.
Clearly, Olivia Head’s passion for her roles in Theatre and Drama and her natural abilities mark her out as an outstanding and spell-binding performer. She is clearly destined for a successful career in theatre, and we look forward to seeing her in future starring roles.
Kaine Ward is one of twelve from the thousands who apply each year to be accepted at the famed Julliard School of Dance and Drama in New York. This speaks volumes for his talent, determination and courage. He will make us all proud of his achievements.
Jaime-Leigh Whitaker has sustained her motivation and determination to reach the top of her sport discipline of Judo. Even as she reaches for the highest honours, she still finds time to train and inspire younger members of her club. She is an inspiration to her club and her sport.
Jay Jobarteh cares so much for all those around him, but now it is time for him to achieve his own dream, no matter what others may say or think. He will dance from his heart and give joy to his audiences for many years to come.
Emily Bainbridge's passion and ambition shines through, and the quality of her performance touches all those who watch her. There is no doubt that, one day, she will shine on the West End stage and beyond.