The Young Kennel Club (YKC) is seeking nominations for the next Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year. The award aims to highlight and encourage YKC members’ contributions to the dog world, and has been presented at Crufts for over 25 years by Ed and Cindy McAlpine in memory of their son Shaun, a dog handler who was killed in a road accident in November 1984 when barely 22 years old.

There are five categories: Young Braveheart of the Year, Champion Volunteer, Good Buddy, Sporting Talent, Fundraiser of the Year. Shortlisted nominees for each category will be invited to Crufts 2017 for a presentation ceremony, where the overall winner will be announced and receive £750.

Young Kennel Club Chairman, Gerald King said: “Each year we really look forward to the announcement of the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year and it’s fantastic to hear about all the outstanding commitments of our YKC members. This award allows us to recognise young people working and helping dogs, reminding us of the way in which the two together can make such a difference in society.

“Last year’s overall winner was a perfect example of the dedication of our members. Charlotte-Louise Page won ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ after raising £3,000 for a number of charities including the likes of Dogs for Good and Macmillan. Charlotte’s incredible achievements included climbing Ben Nevis with her Dalmatian, Pandora as well as taking on the Virgin London Marathon. We look forward to discovering more passionate and committed members like Charlotte with this year’s award.”

You can nominate a YKC member in one of the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year award categories by submitting the application online from now until 1 December 2016. Once nominations have been revealed, the public will decide the winner via an online vote on the YKC Facebook page.

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