The voting is open in the Jack Wills Young Brits awards 2015! They’ve received amazing applications from bright young people across all four categories: Innovation, Enterprise, Endurance (the category that STA Travel’s CEO John Constable will be co-judging and mentioning) and Creativity. Now, it’s over to you!
The Endurance category was always going to attract some amazing entries, and we’ve been positively blown away by the quality of the submissions. From skiers to fencers, skydivers to kayakers, there are 41 fabulous Young Brits waiting for your vote here.
But what does winning the award really mean to the candidates? Well, last year’s Young Brits Endurance winner Tom Rainey is, at the time of writing, less than 1,000nm from the UK. Tom and his mate Lawrence Walters set out from Manhattan more than 80 days ago to row the North Atlantic unsupported in honour of Tom’s father Luke who died from a brain tumour. Their aim is to raise £250,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity.
The pair have already set a new Guinness World Record for the greatest distance rowed in 24 hours and, assuming they arrive in Salcombe, unassisted, they will become the youngest pair to row the North Atlantic from west to east.
John Constable, STA Travel CEO and Jack Wills Endurance judge, gave them this message of encouragement as they entered the home stretch: “What an incredible feat. Your determination and focus is inspiring, and Tom, you have more than proved yourself as a deserving winner of the Jack Wills Young Brits competition. A huge congratulations to both of you on your epic voyage.”