A WORLD class wheelchair tennis player is flying the flag for the Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards before doing the same for Great Britain at the Rio Paralympics.
Antony Cotterill, who trains at Leeds Beckett University’s Carnegie Campus, is supporting the search for nominees in this year’s awards.
The awards, which are backed by Yorkshire Post Newspapers, recognises deserving youngsters who have shown courage in a number of ways.
Categories include young carer, fundraiser, outstanding bravery, sporting achievement and special recognition.
Antony said: “I think young people should get recognition for what they do and I thought it would be great to be involved.”
On Friday he will join Leeds Children’s Mayor Hannah Begum for the final Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards roadshow in the city centre.
I think young people should get recognition for what they do.Antony Cotterill
“I’m really looking forward to meeting some of the inspirational children at the roadshow,” he said. “I’m sure the morning will be packed with children who have done some really amazing things and who are the real heroes of our region”.
The duo will be at Twinkles Nursery in Church Walk at 11am to encourage more local people to nominate young people who deserve to have their efforts recognised.
Then on Monday, Antony flies out to Brazil to represent Britain in wheelchair tennis at the Rio games.
“We’re feeling really good – and excited,” he said. “Having seen how well we’re doing in the Olympics, it makes it all real.”
Although Rio 2016 will be his first Paralympic Games, Antony has won gold, silver and bronze medals as part of Great Britain teams at a number of World Team Cups.
Nominations for the awards must be made before midnight on Friday.
The winners will be announced during a ceremony at New Dock Hall in Leeds on October 14, with funds raised by the event going to the St. James’s Place Foundation.
Twinkles Nursery is the main sponsor for this year’s awards.
Managing director Jill Johnson said: “Helping children have the best start in life is what our nurseries across the county are all about and so our support for The Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards feels very right for us.
“Some children have to cope with so much in life and the amazing ways they find to do so, and also the ways in which they also help others is truly an inspiration to us all.
“The children from our Leeds nursery are really excited about the chance to help encourage more people to nominate a Yorkshire child of courage.”
Click here for more details on making a nomination.