By SOPHIE STONE.

The Attitude Awards, held on December 3rd, 2015 (World Disability Day), acknowledge the thousands of Kiwis who live with disabilities every day – and celebrates their achievements. This year, 24 finalists from 8 categories are in the running to receive the People’s Choice Award, as well as $1,000 and an awesome goody bag.

This year’s youth category finalists are:

Catherine McBride, Wellington: “Catherine likes to keep active with friends and plays basketball with Special Olympics. She’s a fierce supporter of all her teammates and has been named captain of her team for regional tournaments.”

Rachel Berry, Auckland: “Rachel Berry (20) is committed to strengthening and integrating the Deaf community in New Zealand and around the world.”

Muskan Devta, Auckland: “Muskan dreams of becoming an ambassador for children with disabilities. She’d like to promote inclusiveness and empathy for children who grow up like her – feeling different because of their disability.”

For the full list of finalists, visit the Attitude website.

Voting is open until midday on December 3rd, and you can vote up to a maximum of once per day, meaning you can vote more than once for your favourite participant. Click here to vote for your champion.

The winners will be announced at a black tie gala in Auckland on December 3rd, holding more than 600 people. The event will also be featured on TV One on Sunday 6th November, at 8:30 pm.

Voting is only open for a few more days, so vote now!

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