THE Rotary Club of Uitenhage South has held its annual Youth Excellence Awards ceremony for pupils who have made outstanding achievements. The Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, was there to make the awards and in so doing so he stressed just how tough life is and therefore how important it is for learners to strive to be the best they can be in their field. He expressed his appreciation towards the Rotary Club for encouraging the youth to pursue their studies to better their skills. The recipients of the Youth Excellence Awards are as follows: Heather Wilkinson from Riebeek College for her outstanding achievements in the English Olympiad Examination, where she achieved gold on two occasions.Oyintando Bob, Marco Pedro and Mzamo Mtshali from Strelitzia High School, all for their outstanding success in being selected for the South African Schools Soccer side which came fourth in the Copa Jordi Soccer Tournament held in Barcelona, Spain.Anja de Beer from Brandwag High School for her achievements in Tennis, and being selected for the South African u16 Tennis team which went to England in 2017.Keanu Langford from Muir College for being ranked 2nd in South Africa and being selected for the South African u18 Squash team competing in the Mens World Squash Federation Junior Championships held in Tauranga, New Zealand.Lelitha Hempe from Muir College for being selected for the South African Federation Chess Team which took part in the 2017 Commonwealth Chess Championship held in New Delhi.Dyalan Naidoo, President of the Rotary Club of Uitenhage South said he was glad that the Club is so enthusiastic about supporting the youth of Uitenhage. “The Club supports and encourages seven Interact Clubs in Uitenhage, which equals the largest number for a single Rotary Club in Southern Africa,” said Naidoo.Interact is the junior version of Rotary. There are 12 300 clubs, from 133 countries worldwide and the parent Rotary club gives encouragement and training and lots of opportunities for the members to interact with like minded learners from all the other schools locally, and Interact worldwide.