THE time is here to put forward your pick for The Journal’s 2019 Child of the Year.

Every year, the Journal recognises one child who has shown remarkable bravery, battled with adversity or made a positive contribution in their community.

All too often, youngsters hit the headlines for the wrong reasons. But this very special competition seeks to recognise, highlight and reward those young unsung heroes out there in our community.

The winner will enjoy a fun packed day full of gifts and treats, courtesy of the Journal’s generous advertisers.

Last year’s winner, the incredibly brave nine-year-old Kahia Hirst, was nominated by dad Paul for her unwavering smile the difficult process of learning to walk after being born with spastic diplegia - a form of cerebral palsy - which affects both of her legs.

After winning the competition, Ysgol Emmanuel pupil Kahia was treated to a day visiting businesses throughout Rhyl, Prestatyn and Rhuddlan last February.

Kahia Paul Hirst, Kahia’s dad said: “She thought it was absolutely brilliant. I think she enjoyed playing ten pin bowling at the Ffrith the most, and feeding the sea lions at the SeaQuarium.

“We were really grateful that Kahia could be made to feel special for a day - it really helps with Kahia getting better.”

At the time, Kahia had mastered her first few steps with the aid of a three-pronged walker, and this year the 10-year old has recently received a new powered wheelchair and is set to have an operation in September to remove pins and plates from her leg.

Is there a youngster in your family who has achieved something amazing, and who deserved to be recognised in these pages? Down your street, in your school, around the corner – or even in your own living room – there could be a young person who could become the Journal Child of the Year.

Do you know of a child who has overcome the odds in some way, or who has done something to make life better for those around him or her?

If so, this is your chance to ensure they are rewarded for their efforts. Let us know and we’ll make sure the winner enjoys a day out they will never forget.

Send your nominations for Child of the Year to The Journal by Wednesday, February 13 at 5pm via