Seven News Young Achiever Awards - SA

2018 Finalists

Department of Human Services Aboriginal Achievement Award

Christine Glenn, 29 of Elizabeth North is the founder of the Kaleteeya Netball Club. She now manages several teams and 200 members. She is the co-creator and vice-president of the SA Aboriginal Junior Football Carnival. Christine won the 2016 Australia Post One Netball Community Award. Through the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy, Christine coaches young netball players. This year she is implementing the Netball SA Inaugural Reconciliation Action which she worked on throughout 2017.

Kyran Dixon, 24 of Alberton is a proud member of the Kaurna and Narungga clan. Battling cancer twice, he maintained tertiary studies through chemotherapy. Kyran is now employed by Ernst & Young. He promotes cancer awareness and research as co-founder of the Aboriginal Youth Cancer Advisory Group. Kyran was the 2017 SA NAIDOC Young Person of the Year. He participates in SANFL charity rounds and has raised funds for the World’s Greatest Shave.

Mikayla Hudson, 21 of Port Augusta was named Port Augusta’s 2017 NAIDOC Youth of the Year. With a bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science, she is now studying a Masters of Occupational Therapy. Mikayla provides feedback on hospitals in the Flinders and Upper North as an Aboriginal youth representative for Country Health SA. She also advised Country Health Connect Services about how changes to rural Hospital services and programs could affect Aboriginal and wider communities.


Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award

Mahyar Rezaei, 24 of Paradise left his homeland of Iran in 2012, living for five months in a detention centre. He volunteered for many organisations whilst on his bridging visa, which prohibits employment for several years. With the Welcome to Australia program, he supported fellow asylum seekers. His family now runs Ayla’s Café in the CBD and Mahyar owns and manages Pizza Mizza. He also volunteers as a surf lifesaver at West Beach.

Mimona Abdalla, 19 of Salisbury East, migrated to Australia at a young age, whilst learning English and overcoming racism. Mimona’s experiences motivated her to found Women of MYSA and co-organise last year’s Miss Africa Event. Mimona participates in the Salisbury Youth Council and is currently studying Health and Medical Science. She recently returned to Sudan, establishing English classes, and wishes to practise medicine there soon.

Shamsiya Mohammadi, 20 of Parafield Gardens came to Australia as a refugee with no English. Her school’s first Afghan, she graduated with an ATAR of 99.75. Now fluent in five languages, she studies Journalism and International Relations. Shamsiya presented in Canberra with a plan to reduce violence against women and their children. She is a Ambassador for the Australian Refugee Association and speaks at schools for the Association of Australian Tertiary Students from Afghanistan.


Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award

Diana Calic, 22 of Whyalla is Country and Outback Health’s youngest mental health clinician. She achieved the highest GPA in her social work degree whilst volunteering 1,500 hours for child protection and mental health sectors. Dianna was awarded a Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship. She is now a counsellor and case manager for rural clients experiencing a mental illness. Diana managed a community forum on ICE use and drug induced mental illness.

Sarah Hammond, 24 of Echunga is founder and CEO of Kids Arthritis, Australia’s first organisation dedicated to Juvenile Arthritis. She has volunteered many hours with the organisation to speak at events, coordinate support groups and raises thousands of dollars. Sarah has achieved this living with Juvenile Arthritis, Lupus, Blindness, Uveitis and other autoimmune conditions. She is an Australia Day Young South Australian of the Year and Start Up Adelaide Volunteer of the Year.

Stephen Fantinel, 25 of Port Pirie is a representative of Port Pirie and Orroroo Hospital. With Bachelor’s degrees in Public Relations and Nursing he recently participated in a media campaign highlighting Christmas Heroes. He has worked alongside Royal Flying Doctor Service, Medstar and the SA Ambulance Service. He designed a poster educating staff about the Eight Rights of Medication Administration. He aims to provide patients with the timeliest and best care possible.


Santos Regional Service Award

Emily Rawlings, 18 of Whyalla is a talented musician and her community radio’s youngest show host. She organises community clean ups and helped develop a program supporting young musicians to perform live. Emily recently organised VANJAM, where local musicians raised $6,000 towards a specialised vehicle for two locals with disabilities. She has won the Spirit of Whyalla Graeme Jose' Award, and the Australian Defence Forces Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award.

John Henery, 26 of Blinman initiated the Blinman Motokhana, coordinating it for the third time this year. The all age motocross event has raised $1,200 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and $4,000 for the local community. An active member of the Blinman Progress Association, he organises and participates in community projects, events, and working bees. He is the Captain of Wilpena CFS Brigade, responsible for training, meetings, equipment and crew callouts.

Tori-Anne Gill, 22 of Mundoora founded Dark Thorn Clothing in 2013 after studying at Colour Cosmetica. She taught herself skills needed for the business, including photography, draping and corset making. She relaunched as a classic and elegant brand in 2015 after completing a Certificate IV in Small Business Management. Tori-Anne is working towards raising the $30,000 needed to accept her invitation from Oxford Fashion Studio to showcase at Paris Fashion Week.


Scouts SA Leadership Award
Aidan Barry, 20 of Marion has played golf since he was eight and captains the No Handicap Golf Club. He completed high school despite serious medical issues, now studying a Bachelor of Teaching. Aidan’s disabilities have not prevented him from winning the Gary Hart Memorial Golf Trophy and being invited to the US Open. He has spoken about the importance of social inclusion for the disabled at three Novita fundraising events.

Ben Rowe, 28 of Sefton Park is a youth pastor with a Bachelor of Intercultural Studies. He runs the Streetlight program with volunteers from six other churches. Every Thursday the Streetlight project provides a community space at Elizabeth Shopping Centre for over 100 young people. 70% of participants return and the centre has seen a reduction in theft and violence since the program began. Ben has secured a Major Project Grant from Council for the project.

Lauren Heddle, 17 of Upper Sturt runs workshops for school kids at Urrbrae Wetlands, the Botanic Gardens and on World Environment Day. She has been helping run Urrbrae Wetland Open Days for ten years. Lauren has worked at the Royal Adelaide Show’s Agriculture Centre, supervising children’s interactions with animals and training new staff. She has volunteered to clean up Belair National Park and Warrawong. She coaches and umpires netball.


First National Real Estate Innovation Award
Pascal Ward, 27 of Norwood created EasyTatt, an online platform for realistic and long lasting temporary tattoos. Featuring a community of artists, Easy Tatt uses state of the art technology to allow customers to test drive their designs before committing to a permanent tattoo. In 2017 Pascal studied at Harvard University and partnered with a New York investor as the US is EasyTatt’s largest market. Pascal is currently establishing a second production facility in California.

Lachlan Etherton, 16 of Greenwith is passionate about computer programming and coding. He was an invited guest speaker at the 2017 Global Collaboration Conference and the Open State workshopping seminar. At the 2017 Startup Weekend, Lachlan won an award and grant to develop his product GetMoova, an electronic smart wrist device for children. GetMoova encourages physical activity, plus an emergency notification system connected to the parent’s phone if the child believes they are in danger.

Tahnee Dening, 28 of North Plympton is a qualified pharmacist and is currently completing her PhD. Her research is delving into drug delivery systems and novel treatments for obesity. Tahnee was awarded a scholarship to study abroad for 12 months in 2017, which took her to Belgium and Demark. She has also presented at numerous national and international conferences, garnering attention globally, with a postgraduate position secured at the University of Kansas later this year.

William Gale, 26 of Lower Mitcham has developed an automated machine, learning system to detect highly complex hip fractures. The system has the potential to increase the efficiency of diagnosis, reduce additional testing and improve overall patient outcomes. William designed and built his own high-end computer to train and develop the system, using over 50,000 studies. He has published a paper and presented his honours thesis, receiving two awards for his ground breaking work.


The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Daniel Thorpe, 26 of Bowden is a composer and performer who is influenced by everything from queer punk to multi-instrumental improvisation. In 2016, Dan played over thirty shows and festivals, spanning Australia, the US and Brazil. His album homecoming was a finalist in the SA Music awards. He won a Major Commissioning Prize at the Soundstream Emerging Composers Festival, and was named Emerging Artist of the Year by the Adelaide Critics’ Circle.

Mia van den Bos, 27 of Prospect is an emerging artist, curator and the Director of Sister Gallery. Mia’s visual art fluidly incorporates digital, performative and traditional mediums to explore internet ownership and exploitation, particularly within corporate social media platforms. Mia has exhibited widely and has had two solo exhibitions and many group ones and her drawing practice had expanded to explore digital drawing, sculpture and mediums. Mia is a recent recipient of a 2018 Carclew Fellowship.

Nelson Hedditch, 27 of Gilberton is a DJ, MC, songwriter, live performer and spoken word poet. Half of Adelaide Hip Hop duo Dialect & Despair, they have released two albums. In 2017 Nelson toured Australia and launched his first book of poetry. Nelson won the 2018 Carclew Fellowship for professional development and will undertake a six-month intensive residency and internship in New York. Nelson mentors young musicians and runs poetry and song writing workshops.

Simon Williams, 28 of Nairne is an award winning film director and producer. He co-founded “Short Focus Films”, creating social-awareness commercial and corporate films for clients including Alzheimer’s Australia and the Equal Opportunities Commission. Simon has launched a creative film production company “Gravity Films”, now in development of two international feature films. Simon’s latest project “Goober” about the adventures of a loveable Uber driver with autism, won "Best Australian Comedy" at the 2017 Melbourne Webfest.


The University of Adelaide - STEM Award

Franke Agenbag, 18 of Marananga studies Electrical and Mechatronic Engineering. She was named Gawler’s Young Citizen of the Year and voted Rural Ambassador twice. Franke works with her local Zonta club to attract women to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. She has been treasurer, secretary, and president for her school’s student leadership committee. She volunteers with the local Youth Action Committee and the Northern Adelaide Senior School Association.

Jenna Crowe-Riddell, 27 of Mile End is completing a PhD on the senses of sea snakes. Her Fulbright scholarship allowed collaborations with world-class researchers, leading to research in the top 5% tracked by Altmetric. Jenna performed to 400 people as a State Finalist in RAW Comedy. She has presented keynotes for the SA Museum and CSIRO’s program for high achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. She is the 2017 SA Fresh Scientist.

Matthew Iasiello, 26 of Adelaide achieved the highest grade in Neuroscience during his Bachelor of Health Science. He established a business, whilst studying honours with a breast cancer research team. With first-class grades he joined the SA Health and Medical Research Institute. He coordinated the Resilient Futures project, improving the wellbeing of 850 youths disengaged from mainstream education. The project was recognised by Philanthropy Australia, winning an award and significant funding.


University Senior College Create Change Award

Caleb Sweeting, 21 of Osborne is the creator of Yewth, an Adelaide-based print magazine, online publication and video blog covering music, art and culture with a strong focus on supporting local talent and initiatives. Caleb self-published the first issue during Year 12 and Yewth is now a professional 80 page tri-annual magazine with over 4,000 copies printed. Caleb has helped young artists curate gigs and exhibitions and speaks at workshops for aspiring writers.

Stephany Martin, 24 of Campbelltown joined Rotary when she was 18 after attending a week long residential Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp. Moving to Adelaide to study, Stephany wanted to ‘bring the camp to the country’ so she started a new leadership camp for 14-17 year olds in rural areas. Stephany was the District Rotaract and Interact Chair for 2016 and 17. She is the current District Committee Chair for Rotary’s Youth Leadership and Enrichment programs.

Tabby Ryan, 25 of Clearview is passionate about helping the underprivileged. With degrees in health and education she uses her expertise developing and implementing health and leadership programs with youth in remote communities in Kenya, Uganda, India and Cambodia. Locally, her outreach has included tutoring migrants, running youth groups and engaging youth through sports. Tabby regularly campaigns to fund education, food, and healthcare programs, recently raising over $120,000 on an ongoing annual basis through child sponsorship.

Thomas Brown, 26 of Mylor is passionate about education, international development and Asia-Australia relations. Living between Adelaide and Indonesia, he is co-founder of the Jakarta Development Network and also the West Java chapter for the Australia Indonesia Youth Association. He has worked on social enterprise startups; OrientAbroad and AsiaOptions to entice more international students and connect Australia’s future leaders with engagement opportunities in Asia. He is the Indonesian Director of Same Skies, providing education and other services to refugee children.


Websters Lawyers Service to the Community Award

Aidan Barry, 20 of Marion captains the No Handicap Golf Club and has played golf since he was eight. He advocates the importance of including the disabled in society, regularly speaking at Novita fundraising events. He completed high school despite serious medical issues and is currently studying a Bachelor of Teaching. Aidan’s disabilities have not prevented him from winning the Gary Hart Memorial Golf Trophy and being invited to the US Open.

Damien Walker, 22 of Parafield volunteers for many organisations whilst studying Teaching full time. He won the Rotary Youth Leadership Award for his work with several Rotary Clubs. He volunteered for the suicide prevention organisation, Talk Out Loud, and the Twelve25 Salisbury Youth Enterprise Centre. In his work with the Salisbury Catholic Parish Children's Program he manages 50 volunteers. Damien is an Australia Day Young South Australian of the Year.

Kira Bain, 20 of Ingle Farm is a young Ngarrindjeri woman working to revitalise the language of the Adelaide Plains. She teaches Kaurna throughout schools and has supported at risk young Aboriginals as a Youth and Community Mentor. Based in Tauondi Aboriginal College, she teaches Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people about the land they stand on. She is in demand as a retention strategist and cultural support person in schools.

Lauren Heddle, 17 of Upper Sturt runs workshops for children at Urrbrae Wetlands, the Botanic Gardens and on World Environment Day. Lauren has helped run Urrbrae Wetland Open Days for ten years and was supervisor at the Royal Adelaide Show’s Agriculture Centre. She has represented her school in the local newspaper and on ABC3 Kids News. She coaches netball and represented SA as an umpire at the Pacific School Games.


Worldwide Printing Solutions Sports Award
Aidan Barry, 20 of Marion has played golf since he was eight and captains the No Handicap Golf Club. Aidan’s disabilities have not prevented him from winning the Gary Hart Memorial Golf Trophy and being invited to the US Open. He has spoken about the importance of inclusion in sport for the disabled at three Novita fundraising events. He completed high school despite serious medical issues, now studying a Bachelor of Teaching.

Kurtis Marschall, 20 of Happy Valley is Australia’s junior pole vault record holder. Winner of the silver medal at the World Under 20 Championship in 2016, he joined senior ranks at the 2017 World Athletics Championships. He achieved seventh place, the youngest Australian man in an international field event’s top eight. Kurtis is SA’s U20 Track and Field Male Athlete of the Year. He competed at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and is set to compete at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Sasha Glasgow, 19 of Adelaide plays for the Thunderbirds and studies Medical Science. Prior to playing, she ran clinics as a training partner with the Thunderbirds. Sasha has represented SA at under 17s and under 19s and nationally at under 17s. She was named the ANL’s Southern Force Most Valuable Player 2016 and received the Tanya Denver Award. She was 2016’s State League Goal Shooter of the Year and Rookie of the Year.


WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award
Jordan Gruber - Frontier Microscopy, 25 of Seacliff uses knowledge of robotics and artificial intelligence to build asbestos monitoring software. This software saves lives during demolition activities. He left his defence industry engineering role to pitch his idea to over 30 investors and founded Frontier Microscopy. Jordan has since raised $400,00 and employed three engineers. He mentors early stage start-ups and has presented at the World Congress on Safety and Health in the Workplace.

Phoebe Hunter – HunterMade, 26 of Eastwood promotes sustainable fashion, using natural dying and fabrics to create one of a kind clothing. Armed with a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Certificate IV in small business, Phobe founded the zero-waste fashion brand. In 2016 Phoebe was accepted into the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme program, which provided funding and mentorship. She has been featured in Adelaide magazines, and this year expanded the business interstate.

Tom Rodger - The Seller Door, 27 of Brighton provides a ‘taste of SA’, showcasing 100 local brands in a café and market. Tom left his white-collar career in the property market, using his own funds and a small loan to open The Seller Door. The café now employs 21 staff and hosts events, product launches, yoga, and wine tasting. He is the recent SA Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and won Business SA’s ‘Business Growth’ Award.