CLICer Of The Year
The CLIC Awards 2011
On Saturday 19th November 2011, at the National Museum Cardiff, the amazing CLIC Awards took place. The whole night was amazing and I'm pretty sure that everyone there enjoyed the whole night.
(In case you don't already know this) CLIConline is a website that offers information, news and advice to young people between the ages of 11-25 all over Wales. You can write an article on whatever you want, submit events, and just get involved. CLIC has local sites and editorial teams which are run by young people who participate in the website.
CLIC has really changed my life in the past year as I've suffered with depression and currently suffer Anxiety and Cyclothemia, a form of Bipolar. During 2009, I suffered a nervous breakdown and my emotions were literally in pieces. The past two years, I have been trying to patch my school and social lives together and when I found CLIC it really helped me as I love writing; seeing my writing published on the local site for Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wicid, really boosted my confidence and when offers to review things and interview bands came about, I gladly took them (and still do) which led to me making new friends, as do the weekenders both CLIC and Wicid hold.
Anyway, back to the awards!
First we were entertained outside by a circus act, No-Fit State, who were really fun to watch. Then at 6:30 the event started with our two hosts, Beth Owen and Danial Evans, introducing the night and some film clips being played. Straight after, the first three awards were then being presented: Photographer of the Year, Most Useful Article and Funniest Article.
This was then followed by comedian Robin Morgan but due to technical difficulties, not everyone could hear him, though I expect he was pretty funny as the people in the front row were laughing. Then there was the showcase for Video of Year nominations followed by the next three awards: Video of the Year, Best Creative Article, Best Review.
Film of the Year was then announced along with some more awards before (Deputy Minister for Skills) Jeff Cuthbert took to the stage and gave a speech before announcing CLICer of the Year. When they called my name as the winner, I was totally and utterly gobsmacked. I had been nominated for five awards and I didn't actually expect to win any of them; I was just happy enough to be nominated. But to win? Wow, I was in shock and totally ecstatic. As I went up to the stage, everyone cheered and I was still in shock.
I accepted the award and went to have a winner's photo before being called back up onto the stage to give a speech. I'm rubbish at speeches — especially when I have to come up with one at the top of my head — so I mumbled a few words, thanked everyone and went back off stage to go and cry into Stormer007's hoody. I really could not believe it. Heck, I still can't. After all the winners posed for photos, I went back to my table to have everyone cheer, hug and congratulate me. I kept welling up with tears, but I'm so pleased to have won this award. Words cannot describe how I feel.
CLIConline's Battle of the Bands winners then took over the stage to perform some of their songs. I love Eric Unseen and they are currently my favourite band so to have them performing was the icing of the cake for the night. I danced with some awesome people, took loads of photos and even got interviewed. I'm still in total shock and I haven't been able to think straight since winning. I never thought that I would get so far with CLIC and Wicid but I suppose I was wrong.
I think my idol, Walt Disney, was right when he said "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
I'd just like to thank everyone who voted me, CLIC and Wicid for actually giving me the opportunities I've had and all my friends and family for just being there for me (man, that sounds like some cheesy speech at the Oscars doesn't it? Sorry about that) and I'd honestly recommend CLIC to any young person who want their opinions heard. It's amazing, trust me.