Brackley Teenager Nominated For Major Crufts Award
|Author: Alan Smith||Published: 10th February 2018 10:55|
Chloe Smith, has won the ‘Champion Volunteer of the Year ‘ award from the Kennel Club. Chloe was nominated by members of the public and chosen as the winner by a panel of judges. Chloe, along with the winners of the other 4 categories, now go forward to a public vote for ‘Young Person of the Year’
Chloe Smith, aged 17, from Brackley, has won the Kennel Club’s prestigious award ‘Champion Volunteer or the Year’ which is one of 5 categories celebrating the hard-working, inspirational and selfless actions of young dog lovers. Chloe is a very outgoing teenager who is extremely passionate about volunteering for a wide range of clubs and organisations. Since owning and training her own dog, Ziggy, she has been committed to helping others achieve their goals and be given the same opportunities that she has had herself. One of her main activities is volunteering at Brackley and Buckingham District Dog Training Club, where she helps to train dogs to Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme gold standard. She has been an inspiration to members of the group and has encouraged them to participate in events including the YKC Newark training day, where she volunteered as a team leader.
Chloe often helps people in her local community who are having difficulties with their dogs and is a great ambassador for agility and training. She is role model to other children and always has time to give them advice. Chloe teaches them about perseverance, resilience, balance and how important it is to be passionate about a hobby or interest.
She also regularly volunteers at the local riding for the disabled (RDA) stables and helps out at local farms during busy times like lambing season. Chloe is an active member of the local wildlife trust and helps out at the local nature reserve and is currently volunteering one afternoon a week at vets4pets in Buckingham, whilst also balancing her training with the demands of GCSEs and her dreams of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.
The Kennel Club, which runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, has announced Chloe and the other winners, who are all Young Kennel Club (YKC) members, as finalists for the prestigious Young Person of the Year award.
The Young Person of the Year award is the highest award for young dog lovers and celebrates those who are demonstrating their love of dogs as well as encouraging others to make a difference with the help of their dogs. The winner of the competition, selected by a public vote, is announced at Crufts, on Sunday 11th March 2018.
Speaking about the finalists, Young Kennel Club Chairman, Gerald King, said: “We are truly in awe at the passion, dedication, bravery and selflessness of our Young Kennel Club members – especially these incredible finalists. They are a credit to their generation and will no doubt inspire many of their peers for years to come.
“Every year we receive amazing entries for young people and everyone who received a nomination should be proud of what they have achieved.
“Our finalists’ stories really highlight the difference that a dog can make in a person’s life or vice versa. We are looking forward to welcoming them to Crufts and seeing who the public have chosen as the winner of the Young Person of the Year award in March.”
The overall winner will be decided via an online vote open to all, which can be found at www.crufts.org.uk/content/whats-on/ykc-young-person-of-the-year-award/.
The finalists in each category have been invited to Crufts 2018 on Sunday 11th March for a special presentation ceremony and each will receive an exclusive YKC ambassador’s badge and award. As well as being crowned the Young Person of the Year, there is a prize fund up to £750 which will be used towards helping the winner progress their love of dogs.