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High 5 Awards recognise more inspirational young people

Young people who have succeeded against the odds to make things better for those around them are looking forward to reaping the benefits of their High 5 awards

Osian and his family - Awards Night

James King, Ospreys star and High 5 Ambassador, paid tribute to their inspirational achievements at the annual awards ceremony at the Liberty Stadium last night.

Now the winners are looking forward to a range of prizes tailored for each of them to encourage them to continue to realise their ambitions.

Among the winners were the South Wales Police Student Volunteers who give up their time at the multi-agency Swansea Help Point on the Strand on busy evenings, providing medical assistance and a safe space for people feeling vulnerable and isolated or feeling the ill effects of alcohol.

Also there was Osian Pirotte. Despite living with a rare form of cerebal palsy known as hemiplegia which causes weaknesses in his arm and leg and difficulties with speech, he has become an inspiration to those around him, speaking openly about the condition to raise awareness at school and in the community.

The annual High 5 Awards aim to recognise inspirational stories of young people in Swansea who have picked up the challenges life has thrown at them and gone on to make the most of their skills and talents.

This year more than 200 young people were nominated as individuals or as part of groups by schools, friends and Swansea Council staff who witnessed their effort and determination to succeed.

James said: "High 5 has become one of the most important ways the communities of Swansea can recognise the achievements and stories of our city's young people.

"I'm a relative newcomer to High 5 and as a judge I have been blown away by the amazing stories of children and young people who individually or as part of a group or class have worked so hard. These young people are my heroes.

"I'm amazed, moved and humbled to see and hear untold stories of young people making the best of their lives or making life better for others despite the challenges in their way.

"Their stories inspire me and I'm sure they inspire those around them."

His co-host at the awards at the Liberty Stadium was Siany from Mumbles Pier who is the other High 5 Ambassador.

Phil Roberts, Chief Executive at Swansea Council, said: "The High 5 awards have become a fixture of the Swansea calendar because the young people's stories speak of determination, ambition and values we can all aspire to.

"As one of the judges I can say it is very hard for us to choose winners because there are so many young people nominated who deserve recognition for their achievements."

All High 5 winners receive awards on the night and prizes that are tailored to their individual interests.

The High 5 Awards are organised by Swansea Council, sponsored by Gower College Swansea, and supported by Days Rental, Truck and Plant Asset Management, Swansea Building Society, Stenor Environmental Services Ltd, A2Z of Motoring, Oldwalls Collection, Lonetree Ltd Swansea franchisee of McDonalds, Total Sound Solutions, LC Swansea, Freedom Leisure, Mumbles Pier, Ospreys, Swansea City FC, W.G. Davies, Rotary Swansea, Swansea Lord Mayor's Office and Bako Wales.

Prize donations were received from Joes ice Cream, Cinema & Co, Village Hotel, Gower Activity Centre, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Wales Air AmbulanceBuzz Trampoline Park and Enjoy Swansea Bay.

High5 Awards 2019 Winners - Awards Night

A full list of the winners:


Alex Collins

Alex is a very caring young person who loves animals, and regularly visited Llys Nini with his carers.

One puppy in Llys Nini in particular, a Puggle called Whizz, had some serious health problems and required complex surgery on his paw. Alex worked hard to raise £250 towards the surgery, and Whizz has now fully recovered.

Alex's kindness and hard work contributed to Whizz's health problems getting sorted out and in turn him finding a loving forever home.

Alex Collins - Awards Night
Alex Collins with Chris Hooke from Total Sound Solutions, Siany from Mumbles Pier and James King from the Ospreys


Osian Pirotte

Osian is an inspirational young man who suffered serious health problems in his early life.

Despite living with a form of cerebral palsy known as hemiplegia which causes weaknesses in his arm and leg and difficulties with speech, he has spoken openly about the condition at school to raise awareness.

His determination to overcome every obstacle, his selflessness in helping others and his generous spirit has been inspirational to all around him, especially his family, whom his dad saying, He's my hero.

Osian Pirotte - Awards Night
Osian Pirotte with Lee Trundle from the Swans, Siany from Mumbles Pier and James King from the Ospreys


Adam Fish

Despite a difficult childhood and limited positive childhood experiences, through support Adam has started successfully living independently and successfully managed his health issues. 

He's the big brother to his two younger siblings, supporting them whenever he can.

Last year, despite never left the country before, he completed the Evolve Tallship Voyage supporting and mentoring other young people throughout the sailing.

Adam Fish - Awards Night
Adam Fish with Gower College Swansea Principal Mark Jones, Siany from Mumbles Pier and James King from the Ospreys


Curtis Thomas

Experiencing issues within his family home, and faced with homelessness, Curtis had a struggle with substance misuse.  However, he made a dramatic change to his life.

By removing previous triggers to this behaviour and turning to exercise, he applied for the Navy. Following his Naval 'passing out', he was awarded the Navy's captaincy award with the commendation that "he is one of the best ever recruits to qualify".

Curtis Thomas - Awards Night
Curtis Thomas with Robyn Lock of Freedom Leisure, Siany from Mumbles Pier and James King from the Ospreys


Kirstie Garnett

Following some family life disruption, Kirstie didn't do so well in her exams, and left school without qualifications. Without a job, she felt very low and spent her days in the house on her own. 

Through her hard work and determination, and with some support, Kirstie has turned a passion for art, K-Pop and Japanese culture into success in an Art and Design course in Gower College alongside working part time at the Gower Heritage centre.

Kirstie has aspirations of moving to Japan once she has finished her studies and is saving to make this possible.

Kirstie Garnett - High 5 Awards


Rachael Alexander

Rachel suffers from many health hurdles on a daily basis.  Her condition means that her joints can spontaneously dislocate, and she cannot go to college or university like a normal teenager.

Despite this she has a relentlessly positive and selfless outlook. She has recently completed an Open University qualification, and fundraises for defibrillator charity Cariad.  She is learning sign language so she can communicate with the hard of hearing community as part of fundraising efforts with the Deaf Society.

She has a wicked sense of humour despite the adversity she faces, and is passionate about her charity work and helping others.

Rachel Alexander - Awards Night
Rachel Alexander with Margaret Abbett of Swansea Rotary Club, Siany from Mumbles Pier and James King from the Ospreys


Kaitlin Marie Davies

Kaitlin is a young single mother who is raising her 18 month old daughter Ameriah with very limited family support.

Despite experiencing a challenging childhood herself, she has worked really hard with professionals involved in her life throughout pregnancy and early parenthood to create a solid foundation for her and her daughter to grow and develop together as a family.

Kaitlin Marie Davies – Awards Night
Kaitlin Marie Davies - with Alice Hole of Oddwalls, Siany from Mumbles Pier and James King from the Ospreys


Saba Humayan

When Saba first came to Swansea she spoke no English, lacked confidence and self-esteem and struggled with integrating with society.

Despite this she threw herself into volunteering work, determined to help others. From asylum seekers and refugees to young carers and those suffering mental ill health. She runs her own women's group and now acts as a translator for others.

Saba Humayan - Awards Night
Saba Humayan with Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes, Energy and Service Transformation, Siany from Mumbles Pier and James King from the Ospreys


South Wales Police Student Volunteers

The group, initially set up from UWTSD crime and policing students, but now extended to both city universities regardless of course.

They volunteer their time at the multi-agency Swansea Help Point, acting as a triage on the Strand providing medical assistance and a safe space for people feeling vulnerable and isolated or feeling the ill effects of alcohol.

Police Volunteers Group - Awards Night
Police Volunteers Group with Lord Mayor, Cllr Peter Black, Siany from Mumbles Pier and James King from the Ospreys


Young Parents Jigso

This group of young parents have moved from receiving support themselves to setting up their own parent and toddler group for other young parents in their area. 

They have overcome issues such as, low confidence and self-esteem, unemployment, and limited opportunities. They're all now well on their way to starting their own careers in childcare.

Young Parents Jig-so - Awards Night
Young Parents Jig-so group with Siany from Mumbles Pier and James King from the Ospreys

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