BBC Young Reporter of the Year Competition

St Peter's School

BBC Young Reporter of the Year Competition

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Lauren has reached the final 10 of the BBC Young Reporter of the Year competition.

Lauren’s chosen topic, which focuses on stroke awareness in young people and the potentially fatal effect of steroids and supplements, helped her stand out from the crowd.

Lauren, was inspired to enter the competition after her uncle, who was only 30, suffered a stroke in July 2019 from supplement abuse.

Lauren said: ‘My uncle’s experience has inspired me to fight the stigmatism surrounding supplement abuse. Most people assume that strokes only affect older people, but they can also affect younger people who use steroids and supplements to achieve the perfect body image.

‘To get this far in such a huge competition is an incredible achievement and I feel proud to be able to share this story on behalf of my family. I hope that by sharing my uncle’s experience I can make people aware of the dangers of supplement abuse and the pressures faced by young people.’

The BBC Young Reporter competition is open to young people aged between 11 and 18 who want to report on a story or issue which is important to their life or the world around them. The competition received over 2,000 entries and 10 regional winners, including Lauren, have been short-listed for the title of BBC Young Reporter of the Year.

The stories are judged by a panel of presenters, reporters, senior editors and producers from programmes and platforms such as Newsbeat, Newsround, The One Show and BBC Three. The final three will have the opportunity to work with the BBC and produce a news report on their chosen topic, which will be announced and broadcast in March.

As a regional winner, Lauren’s story will be shared with regional news outlets across Yorkshire.

Jeremy Walker, Headmaster at St Peter’s School, said: ‘We are delighted to hear that Lauren has been selected as a regional winner in the BBC Young Reporter competition. To reach the final ten in such a large competition is a great accolade and we wish Lauren all the best as she progresses to the next stage.’