As we reported in July, 2014 is the 20th anniversary of the Try Angle Awards supported by Kent County Council. These awards were introduced in 1994 to raise the profile of young people in the community who really try, often with little recognition, to do their best.

The categories for these awards are:-

  • Arts – recognising personal achievement in the arts, in any form.
  • Music – recognising personal achievement in music in any form.
  • Sport or outdoor activities – recognising personal achievement in a sport or outdoor activity, demonstrating sportsmanship, fair play and commitment.
  • Community action – recognising the contribution made to the community or in such initiatives as school council, youth forums, charities or environmental projects.
  • Good friends and young carers – recognising those who spend time being a good friend or carer to another in their family or the local community.
  • Personal development – recognising special achievement in education, training, or other activities not covered in other categories.
  • Courage – recognising acts of courage displayed in coping bravely with illness or other adversity.
  • Positive intervention – recognising an intervention where an individual or group has prevented harm, bullying, discrimination or damage.

The full list of Dartford area winners can be seen on our previous post.  From all of the regional winners, three representatives in each category went forward to this afternoon’s final in Ashford.

In the Personal Development category, 16 year old Jack Merritt from Swanscombe made it through to the final three.  As reported by a KCC Press Officer ‘Jack experienced a traumatic childhood affecting emotional,physical well-being, and school life.  After being diagnosed with a learning difficulty, Jack has turned his life around’.

In the Positive Intervention category, 16 year old Sam Hubbard, a pupil of Dartford Grammar School, was recognised after helping a disabled woman when she fell out of her wheelchair in Dartford town centre – this story was reported by in April this year.

From all of the finalists, Jack Merritt, having faced difficult and challenging times and had showed the resolve to succeed, was deemed to be the overall winner and he received his award from Charlotte Evans, Winter Paralympic Gold Medalist in Alpine Skiing, and Kent Police Chief Constable, Alan Pughsley.

Congratulations to all of the youngsters who were nominated, area winners and to Sam for making it through to the presentation.  But particular praise to Jack who has done himself, Swanscombe and Dartford proud.

Full coverage of this afternoon’s presentation, including photos, can be seen on the KCC Press Desk Twitter feed.


About the author

Andy Clark is retired after a long career at Lloyds Register and subsequently the Civil Service. He has lived in Dartford for his entire life.

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