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The Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person Award honours the efforts, compassion and devotion to dogs demonstrated by Young Kennel Club members, and we need YOU to help us find them! Nominations now closed
All shortlisted nominees from each category will be invited to Crufts by 31 January. A nominee from each category will be invited to attend a presentation at Crufts on Sunday, with the overall winner announced live in the YKC ring.
The Young Kennel Club wants to encourage young people to continue with their dedication to dogs’ right through to adulthood, with the award presented annually in the YKC ring at Crufts, to a person who has achieved something outstanding within the dog world.
These awards are a chance to celebrate young people who are demonstrating their love of dogs, and encourage others to become a part of the dog world.Our previous award winners
If you know of a Young Kennel Club member who you think should be applauded for their effort in upholding the aims of the Young Kennel Club and ensuring all dogs live healthy, happy lives then we would like you to tell us about it.
The Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person Award has five award categories, listed below. Firstly you need to decide which of our categories your nomination fits into. You can only choose one category.
What is it that you most want to recognise in the nominee? If they have been involved in more than one activity, is there one that they have spent the majority of their time doing?
Young Braveheart of the Year
Celebrating young people who have overcome personal barriers with their dog to achieve success.
Champion Volunteer of the Year
Celebrating young people who dedicate their time to helping others.
Good Buddy of the Year
Celebrating young people and their dogs who have proved to be an inspirational role model.
Sporting Talent of the Year
Celebrating young people who show a real passion for competing or training their dog.
Fundraiser of the Year
Celebrating young people who raise money for good causes.
Every successful nominee will receive a prestigious ambassadors badge acknowledging their achievements, and inspiring them to continue in the dog world.
Being nominated and receiving an ambassadors badge is only the beginning; through the YKC membership and volunteer programmes, we encourage, educate and develop young people to keep up the good work.
For over twenty years Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine Trophy at Crufts, the world's largest dog show, in memory of their son, Shaun.
The trophy is awarded annually to encourage young dog lovers to become more involved in dog activities, as Shaun himself had achieved considerable success as a dog handler, competing at Crufts on many occasions.
Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to notify unsuccessful nominees. If you have not been notified of the outcome of your application by the 31 January, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. But remember, there’s always next year!