8th January 1999 at 00:00
PASSION FOR SPORT Last call for entries from BBC Radio 5 Live. Students aged 11 to 16 are asked to send in a description of their favourite sporting activities and moments by January 15. In July, 12 regional finalists will go to the BBC to meet the celebrity judging panel. The first prize of pound;1,500 for sporting equipment will be awarded to the most enthusiastic and dedicated individual. Details: 0181 877 3144.

TEACHING AWARDS The deadline for these awards, set up to highlight excellence and encourage the best in teaching practice, has been extended to January 31. Details: 0171 388 1911; e-mail:; Website: ROCKHOUND CHALLENGE Helen Philpott, aged 15, from Buckinghamshire, has been named as Rockhound Challenger 1998 in a competition organised by the young people's geology club, Rockwatch. Her giant, free-standing, three-dimensional collage, complete with Braille descriptions, won her a behind-the-scenes tour of London's Natural History Museum, a trophy and geological materials worth pound;100.


This competition, run by Amnesty International and the National Union of Teachers among others, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Winner in the 7 to 11 age category was Kaila Barton Cox, aged 11, from Highbury Fields School, London. Her sculpture gained her a trip to Paris. Winner in the 12 to 15 age group was Owen Humphries, 14, from Monmouth School for his creative writing. He was awarded a trip to the UN Commission on Human Rights as a guest of the Foreign Office. Winner in the 16 to 18 age group for her poem was Amy Kilpatrick, 17, from Dinnington, Newcastle upon Tyne. She won a trip to New York to see the UN Commission on the status of women at work. All prizewinners met the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.

YOUNG WEAVER OF THE YEAR Steven Adams, aged 20, a part-time HNC textile technology student at Bradford and Ilkley Community College, has won this Worshipful Company of Weavers award. He received pound;1,000 in prize money.

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