Crowborough teen to represent South East in the Lions “Young Ambassador” final


Georgia Allison, who is 16 years old, and a Sergeant in the Crowborough Squadron of the Air Cadets, has won the South East district heat of the “Young Ambassador of the Year” competition.

Georgia has won a £500 bursary which she intends to use to aid the development of younger cadets in the 1414 (Crowborough) Squadron by helping them with the personal costs of attending training camps and providing additional equipment for leadership training.

Georgia Allison with District Governor Rob  Weale
Georgia Allison receiving her bursary from the District Governor Rob Weale

Every year, the Lions hold their “Young Ambassador of the Year” competition.  The Young Ambassador of the 21st Century scheme acknowledges and rewards young people for initiative, inspiration, energy, commitment to community service, and to helping others.

Each Lions Club in Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London has the opportunity to nominate a young person aged between 15 and 19 for the district competition.

The regional final for the South Eastern District of Lions was held on the 13th November in Haywards Heath.  To ensure impartiality in the district competition, the judges are not Lions and this time were the Mayor of Haywards Heath, the Head of a local Community College and an Accountant from a local business, to give a spread of interests and experience.

The judges assess the nomininees against the following criteria:
  • The extent of the candidate’s involvement in community service;
  • The personality and leadership qualities of the candidate;
  • The candidate’s proposals for the use of the bursary; and,
  • The ability to speak for up to 3 minutes about the candidate’s service activities, including assessment of the quality of the presentation and the ability to answer questions about its content.

Georgia will now go on to represent Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London in the UK finals in Dudley, where she will compete against 12 other finalists to become the Young Ambassador of the 21st Century 2017-2018 for the whole of Great Britain and Ireland.  The winner of the national competition receives a bursary of £1,000 and a Silver Rose Bowl trophy.

Crowborough Lions Club President Terry Mason (right) with Georgia and past President Bob Dubock (left)
Crowborough Lions Club President Terry Mason (right) with Georgia and past President Bob Dubock (left)

The Crowborough and District Lions are part of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest voluntary service organisation.  Club meetings are held at Crowborough Social Club on Croft Road on the 2nd Tuesday  of each month.  For more details see their website:



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