Dunfermline teen named Scotland’s ‘Wee Warrior’
A teenager from Dunfermline has scooped the title of ‘Wee Warrior’ in recognition of his contribution to the local community – and was today (March 31) presented with his award.
Owen Brown (14) was one of a number of youngsters nominated from across Scotland for the award, launched this year by Search Consultancy.
Search, Scotland’s largest independently owned recruitment company, is an official partner of the Glasgow Warriors rugby team, inspiring the name of the accolade. It launched the Wee Warrior award in recognition of the tremendous work carried out by Scotland’s many young people who are fundraisers, carers, volunteers, or who carry out work in their communities.
The company invited hundreds of staff from across its Scottish offices, and its clients, to nominate any youngsters worthy of the award – and Owen’s nomination came out tops.
The Dunfermline High School pupil was nominated by his gran Trish Watt, who works as a receptionist at Search’s Dunfermline office on East Port.
She highlighted his achievements, which include:
- Working with Dunfermline Police Scotland Youth Volunteers
- Involvement in The Open at St Andrews where he volunteered in the spectator village, during which time he became one of Scotland’s few under-16s to undergo World Host Training
- Assisting in marshalling duties at a Police Scotland Youth Volunteers sporting event at the Police College at Tulliallan
- Assisting in marshalling at Moira’s Run charity event in Glasgow
- Participating in Airex Dundee, a simulation exercise at Dundee Airport involving rescue services
- Member of Dunfermline Rugby Club, actively fundraising for the club and his squad and assisting Rugby Development Modern Apprentices with rugby camps
- Playing with Dunfermline High School’s under-16 team, including supporting training for the under-14 team
Simone Lockhart, Search’s MD for Scotland, said: “It took days of deliberation to pick an overall winner as all of the nominations were amazing, with themes including community, charity, friends and family playing a major part in the reasons for nomination.
“Ultimately there could only be one overall winner, and we chose Owen because we felt there were so many areas in which he showed commitment, from community work, to fundraising, to coaching and supporting other children – all while still at school! We were very impressed and feel he is an extremely deserving winner of our Wee Warrior award.”
Owen’s prize package included a day out at a Glasgow Warriors rugby game with £50 to spend on food and drink, and a weekend at Crieff Hydro for a family of four.