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Shetland youth team win green award

The award winning Shetland Young Scot team. From left: Harry Thomson, Kristoffer Thomason, Holly King, Luke Smith, Lauren Odie and Sam Maver. Photo Sunday Mail

SIX Shetland teenagers had the shock of their lives on Friday when they walked away with the environmental trophy at the Young Scot Awards in Glasgow.

The six appear on STV on Sunday night at 10pm collecting their green gong from the TV channel’s weather presenter Sean Batty at the Clyde Auditorium.

The 15 to 18 year olds have spent the past year working hard as Young Scot Shetland Youth Legacy Ambassadors laying the foundations for a long term benefit for the isles from the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

This month they have been busy in Aith’s Michaelswood planting 420 trees and laying a Sustainable Legacy plaque made by Cunningsburgh glass recycling business Enviroglass.

Over the past year they have been visiting other sustainable energy businesses, touring the headquarters of the Lerwick district heating scheme and joining Shetland Aerogenerators’ David Thomson at the top of Burradale hill for a visit to the world’s most productive wind turbines.

They have also ran the Shetland campaign for Sport Your Trainers day on 11 March encouraging young people to take up sport and have many more ideas up their sleeves before July 2014 when the Commonwealth Games take place.

The award came as a complete surprise to the group. Kristoffer Thomason said: “It’s a bit shocking to be honest; we would never have thought it in a million years. We never thought we would even be in the running.”