Dream a Big Dream Writing Competition

Kip McGrath Dream a Big Dream – Winners


Kip McGrath ran a free national writing competition called ‘Dream a Big Dream’, that invited any young person aged 9 to 14 years old to write about their Big Dream. The Big Dream could be anything – to become an astronaut, a film director, a footballer or even an accountant!

Dream a Big Dream was intended to encourage young people to put down in words what they hope to achieve in the future. Kip McGrath had taken inspiration from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which as well as being amazing sporting events, also demonstrated how aspiration, determination, hard work and courage were essential to achieving dreams.

The pieces were primarily judged on originality and creativity, rather than how they were executed.

The quality of entries that were received from across the UK regions were of very high standard and it was really inspiring to read about the big dreams of young people across the UK.




They are:

9-11 Age Group Winner:  Heather McArthur, Falkirk, Scotland

12-14 Age group Winner:  Megan Rafferty, Banbridge, Northern Ireland

The full list of regional winners were as follows:

9-11 Age Group:

South East/Eastern
Harry Rasmussen, Ashford

Laurie Mathus, Barnet

Yorkshire/North East
Taylor Balback, Scisset, Huddersfield

Northern Ireland
Libby Harrison, Ballymena

South West/North West
Madgey Thompson, Warrington

East Midlands/South Central
Rosia Li, Newport Pagnell

Heather McCarthur, Falkirk

12-14 Age Group:

South East/Eastern
Joe Cuthbert, Brentwood

Milun Nair, Barnet

Yorkshire/North East
Sascha Escreet, Huddersfield

Northern Ireland
Megan Rafferty, Ballymena

Isaac Langran, Neath

South West/North West

East Midlands/South Central
Wendy Milner, Stafford

Libby McMeekin, Falkirk


Kip McGrath would like to thank all of the participants that shared their inspirational ‘Big Dream’ stories, across both age groups, and for making the competition such a success.

We would also like to thank our panel of regional and national judges including our Rio 2016 hopeful athletes, Times journalist Sarah Ebner and Britmums parent blogger, Susannah Scott.

Thanks to all of you for your help and valuable contributions.

At Kip McGrath Ashford we were delighted to have a regional winner in Harry, who wrote about his dream to be a great scientist, explaining how he would use this to help people in the future.