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Olympic star's art of gold

PUBLISHED: 16:59 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:02 12 August 2010

WELL RUN SCHEME: Cllr Ernest Noad, Christine Hatton, Deputy Mayor Brenda Thompson, Gillian Pearson, and Iwan Thomas pose with artwork produced by award winners.

WELL RUN SCHEME: Cllr Ernest Noad, Christine Hatton, Deputy Mayor Brenda Thompson, Gillian Pearson, and Iwan Thomas pose with artwork produced by award winners.

OLYMPIC athlete Iwan Thomas was the special guest at a ceremony marking the successes of children and young people in care.

OLYMPIC athlete Iwan Thomas was the special guest at a ceremony marking the successes of children and young people in care.

More than 50 young people were honoured at the annual Achievement Awards, held at Bromley Civic Centre last Friday.

Nominations were made by social workers, teachers and foster carers for a wide range of achievements, including educational performance, special talents and making a positive contribution to society.

Bromley-born Iwan Thomas, 34, former British 400 metre European Champion, Commonwealth Champion and Olympic silver medallist, joined children's councillor Ernest Noad, and Gillian Pearson, director of Children and Young People's services at the awards ceremony.

Awards were presented by the Deputy Mayor of Bromley, Brenda Thompson, and each winner received a certificate and a £25 voucher.

Mr Noad said: "These awards show how much Bromley's looked after children have to offer. They are a credit to our borough. These youngsters have overcome great challenges to achieve their goals and that is something worth celebrating."

Entertainment was provided by Catfish, a jazz band from Langley Park School for Boys, and performances from some young dancers.

The awards also celebrated the fact that Bromley now has 19 looked after young people at university.

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