LONDON ACADEMY CELEBRATIONS AT THE 2016 ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

01/12/2016 – Fight for Peace members and staff joined supporters, parents and relatives at the 2016 Awards Ceremony held at the London Academy. The annual event exists to celebrate the achievements and dedication of young people across the Academy’s Five Pillars and is a chance to reflect on the positive futures being created by Fight for Peace members.

This year’s event was lead entirely by London Academy young people with Kenny Udenwoke and Naima Swaleh hosting the evening and Youth Councillors and fellow members presenting the awards. Along with the awards giving, those present were treated to a poetry recital by Tofarati Sokodu and speeches by Youth Councillor Naima Swaleh and six time World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Champion Jackson Sousa. Fight for Peace’s sports coaches presented awards to their athletes while a trailer of the documentary film Fight for Peace was also screened.

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A total of fifteen awards were made, reflecting the range and depth of talent at the London Academy. With the exception of the Fight for Peace Member of the Year Award, which was nominated by Academy staff, all winners were voted for by Fight for Peace members.

Judo athlete Hamsa Ahmed was humbled after receiving the Outstanding Commitment to Judo award from his coach Darren Hawney: “I wasn’t expecting the award because there are a lot of other people that do judo who are as good as me and I was really surprised that I was picked and I was really honoured to achieve the award. The fact that my progression has been acknowledged makes me want to progress in it more and possibly one day compete”, explained Hamsa.

After the event, co-host Naima Swaleh was particularly impressed by the performance of her fellow member Tofi. “Hosting the event was nerve racking but fun, it was a bit like being a TV presenter and that is maybe something I would like to get into in the future. The highlight for me was Tofi’s poem. For someone his age to be so articulate and so confident on stage is remarkable”, said Naima.

Those who attended the Awards Ceremony undoubtedly left inspired and eager to see yet more accomplishments over the coming twelve months.