Young Writer District Winners 2019

RIBI set the challenge this year for pupils in the three age groups to write a piece of prose or a poem on the subject “My Inspiration”.

Rotary GB&I set the challenge this year for pupils in the three age groups to write a piece of prose or a poem on the subject “My Inspiration”.   The competition was well supported by Rotary Clubs across District 1145 who had been encouraged to approach local schools inviting them to submit compositions from pupils on this theme.  Each Club involved was set the task of assessing the texts received from the schools they had individually approached before presenting the judges with the best in each category.  District 1145 is most fortunate in continuing to have the assiduous Jane Cooper (Rotary Club of Reigate) as their organiser for this competition.

The judges were astounded by the very high standard of entries received and had their work cut out to select the best in all three categories, particularly in the Junior category where in addition to the winner they thought to nominate two highly commended entries.

Junior awards 

Winner:         Freya Gordon from The Royal Junior School, Hindhead.  Farnham Rotary Club.
Highly Commended:   Cameron Brown, Cranmore School, West Horsley.  Bookham and Horsley Club.
Highly Commended:  Grace Harman, St. Nicholas’ School, Fleet.  Fleet Club.

Freya Gordon, a keen swimmer, found her inspiration in the generosity of spirit and sportsmanship of her namesake Freya Anderson, a young gold medal winner in both British and European Swimming Championships.   Her own vivid description of what she sees and feels in the water when charged with the mental and physical stress of competitive swimming is remarkable.

"My Inspiration" by Freya Gordon. 

Intermediate awards
Winner:        Maddy Luckhurst from Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.  Brighton and Hove Soirée Club
Highly Commended:   Harriet Wilson from Howard of Effingham School.  Bookham and Horsley Club.
Maddy Luckhurst’s surprising but original inspiration she discovered in herself, born of a confidence drawn from the opinion in which she was held by teachers, parents and friends.

"My Inspiration" by Maddy Luckhurst.

Senior awards
Winner:      Kate Preedy from St. Nicholas’ School, Fleet.  Fleet Club
Highly Commended; Louise Donovan from Manor House School, Bookham.  Bookham and Horsley Club.

Kate Preedy’s inspiration is her mother, who as well as being a caring and involved mother, is also a GP.  With an aspiration to follow her mother’s profession Kate describes how much she feels she has benefited from her mother’s clear and unromantic vision of the reality of medicine, and of how hard and often mundane it can be.

"My Inspiration" by Kate Preedy.