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Senior Member of the Year Final

Meet the 2018 finalists

The seven finalists of our Senior Member of the Year competition, supported by Tama Farm Grown Solutions, will take part in private interviews with our panel of judges as well as stage interviews during the Performing Arts finals. The winner will be declared on Sunday during the Annual General Meeting and will be presented with their award. Find out more about the seven finalists in this year's competition.

Name: Kate Edginton
Age: 25
Club: Newent
What I love about YFC:
The opportunities available to YFC members are second to none. Not only has the competitions programme allowed me to develop skills in everything from carcase judging to cake decorating,the chance to chair meetings has increased my confidence and management abilities; essential attributes for my job. This is all before mentioning the friendships that I have made with fellow members across the country.
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year:
Winning the Gloucestershire round of Senior Member of the Year was an honour and so to win at the national final would be a dream come true! I truly see myself as an ambassador for the organisation, throwing myself into every opportunity that comes my way. From handing out flyers for my Club recruitment day to representing the South West Area on NFYFC's Governance Working Party, I’m not afraid to get stuck in. I have achieved so much through being a YFC member and I am passionate about promoting the Federation to encourage young people to do the same!

Name: Holly Howell
Age: 26 (will be 27 on day of the competition)
Club: Louth, Lincolnshire
What I love about YFC:
The vast amount of skills I have gained through YFC – these have helped me develop greatly as an individual; skills that were invaluable at university and gaining employment. We have the best social life - there is always something happening whether its a competition, dinner dance or charity event. The YFC experience has given me friends and memories, which will last a lifetime.
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year:
I truly believe I have made the most of the opportunities available to me in YFC; taking part in speaking competitions, stock-judging and organising competitions including the County Rally; along with numerous charity events. All of this helped me turned a relatively new, little known club into one that has won more trophies than I can count and tripling membership numbers. I am immensely proud of our achievements. I strive to pass my knowledge onto younger members and the future coordinators of club and county by assisting with mentoring new committees and guiding those less experienced.

Name: Katie Sanderson
Age: 24
Club: Elwick and District YFC, County Durham
What I love about YFC:
Everything that the organisation offers young people they wouldn’t necessarily get the opportunity to do, gaining skills for life.
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year:
I am willing to give anything a go, whether it is taking on officer roles, organising events or trying a new competition. The more you put in the more you get back. I am hugely motivated to promote the organisation and gain new grass root members who are the heart of the Federation. YFC has changed my life and has always been there for me. To say I wouldn’t be the person I am without it would be a huge understatement!

Name: Emily Blount
Age: 24
Club: Stockbridge & District YFC
What I love about YFC:
The endless amount of opportunities! That it is an organisation the more you put in to, the more YFC gives back to you!
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year:
I am passionate about creating opportunities for young people in the countryside, firmly believing that you don’t have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer! I want to be an ambassador for grassroots members, showing them what you can achieve within the fantastic organisation that is YFC. If I hadn’t joined Young Farmers, I would not of had enough self-belief or confidence to achieve all that I have so far. By competing in this competition I want to lead the way to inspire others to do the same. 

Name: Cennydd Owen Jones
Age: 23
Club: Pontsian, Ceredigion.
What I love about YFC:
The opportunities that you get as a member. Competing, travelling, learning new skills, creating memories and making new friends are just some of the perks of being a YFC member, and all for £20 per year in Ceredigion! I’ve been a member for more than a decade, and it’s clear that the YFC has helped mould me into the person I am today. YFC allows you as an individual to express yourself and nurture skills to make you a diligent and complete individual, whilst having the time of your life at the same time. As the NFYFC motto states; Fun, Learning and Achievement.
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year:
I have never turned down an opportunity to represent my club at a competition or event. I always give a 100% towards my involvment in YFC, which wil be no different should I be fortunate enough to be awarded this accolade. I have a wealth of ideas and suggestions that I feel would benefit the YFC. Whilst it is vitally important that we stick to our roots as the YFC, we need to progress with the times, and changes are needed to ensure that the YFC continues to cater to its full potential for its members and rural communities.

Name: Lucy Bright 
Age: 25
Club: Clun Valley, Shropshire 
What I love about YFC:  
Everything! Young Farmers is a truly incredible and unique organisation that has not only given me friends for life but also essential skills and opportunities. From ballroom dancing and public speaking to carol singing for charity, there is no doubt that these experiences have shaped me as a person and given me the confidence and determination to achieve my goals.  In addition, I love that Young Farmers is run by the members, for the members, who share one thing in common: ‘a love for agriculture and rural life’. This is the perfect recipe for a group of young people that are creative, encouraging, excellent team players and most importantly fun! I have memories in Young Farmers that will last a lifetime and for that I am sincerely grateful. 
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year:
It was not until writing my synopsis for this competition that I realised how much I had achieved in Young Farmers and I truly believe I have made the most of the opportunities that Young Farmers has to offer. Having been a member since the age of 14, I have certainly put endless nights, time and effort into Young Farmers, especially with competitions and organising functions, but what I have gained from the experience has been invaluable. This is why I now feel extremely passionate about being an ambassador for my federation. I hope that by nurturing and supporting younger members to achieve their potential and really show them what can be accomplished with dedication, hard work and motivation, I can encourage more young people into the YFC movement. I feel honoured to have made it to the final of this prestigious competition; winning would simply be more than I could have dreamed of.  

Name: Greg Colebrook 
Age: 26
Club: Soham YFC, Cambridgeshire
What I love about YFC: 
Having grown up in Lincolnshire as a junior member, Young Farmers has been a huge part of my life and developed my skills and personality to allow me to do many of the things I enjoy to this day – both at work and socially. Having moved to Cambridge in 2014 I re-joined young farmers and have endeavoured to give back and make it as much fun for other members as I had in Lincolnshire as well as thoroughly enjoying my time as a senior member. 
Why I should win Senior Member of the Year?  
I plan to contribute as much as possible to the future of YFC to continue up the chain of roles to strengthen and widen the appeal of Young Farmers. I have gained great experience of how Young Farmers works both across England and Scotland and want to continue to influence positive change to shape and scope the future of Young Farmers. In the short term I would like to Chair the AGRI steering group and, depending on work commitments possibly even national Chair. 

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