Samantha has not had the easiest start to life. She found herself in a Children`s Home at age 15. With this came the pressures of dealing and living with other troubled young people every day. Sam got through this and when she left had to stay in a Bed and Breakfast. Whilst there and coping with living in only one room without access to cooking and washing facilities and dealing with the isolation brought about by her situation she attended college, studying to become a hairdresser. She then discovered she was pregnant. She continued to study but unfortunately, was not able to complete the course. Her daughter was born prematurely and despite her low birth weight, Sam coped well. Throughout this Sam has remained involved with the Olympic Young Leaders Course. She is committed to the cause and her ambition is to be part of the momentous Olympic occasion. She also continues with a local dance troupe and took part in a `Girls on the Move` dance leadership programme earlier in the year. I am nominating Samantha because, despite the odds being stacked against her she has shown determination to make things better for her daughter`s future. I would like her to have the opportunity to have a real `one off experience` that recognises her achievement so far and which will inspire her to continue to try her best.