Gold Coast Ellie picks up top prize at first ever Midlothian’s Young People Awards

Mypa 2018 group web

Newbattle High School pupil Ellie Russell won the prize for outstanding achievement at the inaugural Midlothian’s Young People Awards on Friday (31 August). 

Ellie, who represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April, was among six award winners at the special ceremony held at Penicuik House. 

Selected for the Commonwealth Games in Australia

Gymnast Ellie was recognised after a year which has seen her win gold on vault and silver on uneven bars and the beam at the Scottish Artistic Gymnastic Championships in March, her first senior tournament. 

She was then selected for the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia, helping Scotland finish fifth in the team event.    

Absolutely fantastic

Ellie said: “It was absolutely fantastic to receive the award, especially as it’s come from those in the community who have supported me so much on my journey.

“It was really great to see so many other young people recognised for the amazing things they are doing too.”  

Six categories

Other winners on the day included Zac Treacy who picked up the Local Community prize for his support of Dalkeith Tesco’s community work and Swara Suliman who won the Caring and Volunteering award for his work with Soccer City and the Midlothian Champions Board.  

Blair Henderson, who volunteers with the Disability Snowsport Scotland Hillend group was named winner in the Sports and Physical Activity category while the Achievement in Learning award went to Cory Cummings who has overcome difficult circumstances to make amazing progress through PAVE, the Programme of Alternative Vocational Education.  

Year of Young People 2018

The National Mining Museum Scotland Youth Panel were also winners, picking up the Arts and Culture Award for their work highlighting the Year of Young People 2018 in Midlothian. 

Each winner and runner up received a prize which will be gifted to a Midlothian community group or local charity of their choice. 

Organised by Midlothian Council and the Lord-Lieutenant of Midlothian to mark the Year of Young People 2018, the awards concluded with an afternoon tea which was provided in partnership with Edinburgh College, Police Scotland Youth Volunteers and the Midlothian Youth Platform.  There was also a performance by the Roslin Primary Choir.  

Midlothian’s Lord-Lieutenant, Sir Robert M Clerk Bt, said:

“The purpose of these inaugural awards was to draw attention to the wonderful contributions made by young people to different aspects of life in Midlothian. With so many worthy and inspiring winners, we have certainly done that and I congratulate them all on their great achievements.

“I hope that all of the finalists will feel very proud of their success in Midlothian’s Young People Awards and be encouraged to continue their good work into the future.”

Midlothian Provost, Cllr Peter Smaill, said:

“Congratulations to all the winners and runners up at the first ever Midlothian’s Young People Awards. 

“It was fantastic to see so many local young people recognised for their contributions at these awards, they have all made such a positive impact within our communities and they should be very proud of their achievements. 

“The awards have been a really great way to celebrate the Year of Young People 2018 here in Midlothian and I hope we will continue to shine a spotlight on our amazing young people in this way well beyond this year.”

Full list of winners at Midlothian’s Young People’s Awards:



Runner Up


Caring & Volunteering


Swara Suliman

Connor Donaldson


Local Community


Zac Treacy

Alix Renwick


Sport & Physical Activity


Blair Henderson

Jasper Smith


Arts & Culture



National Mining Museum Youth Panel


Jennifer Robertson


Achievement in Learning


Cory Cummings

Natalia Dore


Outstanding achievement in Midlothian


Ellie Russell


Part of the Scottish Government’s programme of themed years, 2018 is the Year of Young People.  The year aims to inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally.

Midlothian’s Young People Awards 2018 were kindly sponsored by:

  • Dalkeith Country Park and Restoration Yard
  • Hunters Coaches
  • Procure Wizard
  • Mactaggart Scott
  • CALA Homes Community Bursary
3 Sep 2018