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We all know someone who deserves a High 5

The search is underway for Swansea's High 5 stars as the awards for inspirational youngsters enter their eighth season.

High 5 awards logo (square)

Swans legend Leon Britton is again fronting the awards and this year he'll be joined by regular High 5 co-host Siany Martin as well as, for the first time, Ospreys and Wales international James King.

All three are urging everyone to consider nominating a youngster, group of youngsters, or school class who has overcome adversity or made their school or community proud.

The awards are led by Swansea Council, sponsored by Gower College Swansea, and backed by businesses and organisations from across the city.

A launch event, hosted by Siany from Mumbles Pier, was held at St Helen's Primary School in Sandfields. Swansea City FC mascot Cyril the Swan made a guest appearance.

The High 5 awards are part of the celebrations commemorating the 50th anniversary of Swansea being named a city. 

High 5 Launch 2019 - St Helens School
St Helens Primary School teaching assistant Jack Branford with Swansea Council Deputy Chief Executive, Adam Hill, High 5 Ambassadors Siany Martin and James King along with children from St Helens Primary School

Leon, who retired from football last season, said: "High 5 began with the aim of showing just how inspirational children and young people in this city are. In Swansea's 50th year as a city we want as many young people as possible to be part of it. Every year your nominations help us prove that is truly the case." 

Leon, who played in the legendary number 7 shirt throughout his career at the Swansea, said: "By aspiring to be the best and working hard the children young people put forward are an inspiration to others, a credit to themselves, their communities or schools and worthy of recognition."

"Don't let a young person you know who really deserves a nomination miss out. Please go online and get nominating."

James, who recently celebrated playing his 200th match for the Ospreys, added: "The High 5 Awards is an amazing event and I'm proud to be joining Leon as an ambassador for it for the first time."

It's easy to nominate a young person for a High 5 award as everything you need is online at www.swansea.gov.uk/high5awards.

The winners' final prizes will be uniquely designed around the nominee. Everyone nominated will be recognised with a certificate.

The awards are open to any child or young person or group in three age ranges - under 13s, aged 19 or under or 20-25 year olds resident in Swansea, educated or receiving support here.

Judges are looking for examples of individuals or groups who aspire to reach personal goals or improve the lives of others in their family, school or community and in doing so are an inspiration to others.

Supporters and sponsors of the awards this year so far are Gower College, Swansea City FC, Rotary Club of Swansea, Swansea Building Society, Swansea Lord Mayor's Office, Stenor Environmental Services Ltd, The Soil Doctor Ltd, Day's Rental, Freedom Leisure, McDonalds, Mumbles Pier, Total Sounds Solutions, A2Z of Motoring, Bako Wales, Oldwalls, W.G.Davies and Truck and Plant Swansea.

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