Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

2022 Finalists


Spirit Super Create Change Award

Andy Aisbett (Theatre Closet), 27 from Moonah is an actor, playwright and theatre-maker. In 2020, Andy opened The Theatre Closet, Iutruwita’s only queer theatre company, to amplify LGBTQIA+ voices and creative visions and further normalise queer stories. Throughout 2021, the company staged three productions, all produced and directed by Andy. A graduate of Bachelor of Performing Arts, he has published two LGBTQIA+ focused plays for the stage…Congratulations Andy Aisbett


Aaron Benham, 27 from West Hobart is a co-founder and the current Convenor of Repair Café Hobart (RCH), a space where community members can bring broken items from home and repair them with the help of volunteers with the skills and expertise. RCH aims to encourage a self-sufficient and sustainable repair culture. Aaron is a member of the Hobart branch of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition…Congratulations Aaron Benham


Jazz Frost, 22 from South Launceston volunteers as Co-Chair of the Planet Queer Pride Ball Committee, leading workshops to create decorations and organising fundraisers. The Ball is a free event for queer young people aged 12 to 18, enabling them to celebrate their authentic selves. Jazz is a third-year Bachelor of Psychological Sciences student. She is part of the Pride Society of Tasmanian University Student Association…Congratulations Jazz Frost


Laurel Atkins, 28 from Launceston is a teacher at Mowbray Primary School, who conceived and organised the Mowbray Showcase and Mowbray’s Got Talent. Laurel focuses on developing the self-esteem of all children by affording them an opportunity to express themselves through the arts, to be seen as talented and worthwhile members of their own community. Laurel herself has been on stage since the age of three…Congratulations Laurel Atkins


First National Real Estate Leadership Award

Phoebe Berwick 23, from Devonport co-founded the not-for-profit organisation, “Hitting Heart Disease for 6”, in 2016. They held a Cricket Day in 2016 and a Golf Day in 2017 to raise funds for heart disease research. In 2018, she co-directed The Burnie Musical Society performance. Phoebe has been actively involved in the CanTeen National Youth Leadership Group since 2013. She is also an ovarian cancer survivor…Congratulations Phoebe Berwick


Lachlan Hindrum 21, from Sandy Bay has been a member of the St John Ambulance’s Youth Division since he was 14. In 2019, Lachlan dedicated 377 hours to running St John’s operations at the Huonville Bushfires, supporting Evacuation Centres in the Kingborough/Huon Valley region and assisting in providing 24-hour medical coverage. In 2020, he spent six months aboard the Windeward as watch leader/engineer, mentoring sail trainees…Congratulations Lachlan Hindrum


Rachel Hay 24, from Dodges Terry has been employed as an Anne Kantor Young Environmentalist Fellow at the Australia Institute Tasmania. In 2018 and 2019, she became Co-Convenor of the Fossil Free University of Tasmania. In 2020, she led the International Justice Initiative as a Co-Coordinator. Rachel co-established Hearts of the Island, a group aimed at aiding Tasmanian social and environmental interest groups to achieve their collective aims…Congratulations Rachel Hay


Nathan Volf 28, from Sandy Bay works at St Francis Flexi, a school catering to young people for whom the mainstream system does not suit. Starting as a Social Work student and gaining employment in a Generalist Youth Work, Nathan is now an Instructional Leader Wellbeing. He helped start an LGBTIQ group and organised a successful International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia to raise awareness…Congratulations Nathan Volf


TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award

Daniel Jones 22, from Somerset is a support worker at Coastal Residential Service. After earning his Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), Daniel was accepted for unpaid job trial at Glenhaven Family Care. He was offered a job under the Supported Wage System and worked one 8-hour shift a week. Daniel has mild autism and was inspired by his own support worker to assist others with disabilities…Congratulations Daniel Jones


Kiara Adams 17, from Huonville has been diagnosed with Autism from age four and had a rough school life. Despite her troubles, she was a Grade A top student in Year 11 and has completed a Certificate II in Hospitality. She has starred in the lead role with the Huon Valley Theatre Company, even with speaking disabilities. Kiara is on her way to becoming an Autism Ambassador…Congratulations Kiara Adams


Danny Smith (New Chapter) 29, from Bellerive co-founded New Chapter, a registered provider of the NDIS in the Southern region of Tasmania, with Jordan Goss. They provide a suite of tailored programs and services, with an emphasis on promoting positive change and interpersonal growth among a dynamic and inclusive workplace. Some services include short term accommodation (respite) and assisting people with disabilities to partake in diverse activities…Congratulations Danny Smith (New Chapter)


Spirit of Tasmania Tourism and Hospitality Award

Anna Terry (Truffle Farm) 28, from Deloraine owns and operates their family business, The Truffle Farm, which showcases world-class black truffles and premium truffle products. Over time, the farm has evolved into a full-time agritourism business, offering tours and a farmgate shop and championing local food, wine and other beverages. In 2021, Anna became the youngest member of a 6-member panel discussing agritourism at the Tasmanian Tourism Conference…Congratulations Anna Terry (Truffle Farm)


Freya Downie 17, from Gretna built her business, “Freya’s Delights”. She has created a product that has grown to include dulce de leche, quince paste, fig paste and more, all sourced fresh predominantly from her family’s dairy farm. She has been involved in the farm gate market, Flavours of Tasmania and promoting fresh Tasmanian food. Freya’s Delights supplies and promotes local Tasmanian businesses with her products…Congratulations Freya Downie


Kylie Bell 27, from Forthside is the co-founder and manager of Compass Hut, a 100% off-grid, boutique, family-operated Tiny House accommodation. Kylie became Director of Tasmania’s first Tiny House building company, Wagonhaus. She is an advocate for ecotourism and agritourism within her region, contributing to and promoting the northwest region and Tasmania as a whole. In 2021, Kylie was awarded the Tasmania’s Tourism Minister’s Young Achiever Award…Congratulations Kylie Bell


Nunami Sculthorpe-Green 28, from New Town is a Palawa/Warlpiri woman who created and delivers Takara Nipaluna, a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated walking tour of Nipaluna. Nunami tells Tasmanian stories that are uniquely and solely stories of the island. They offer the first-ever Aboriginal history tour of Hobart. Nunami ensures that people from all backgrounds and age groups are catered for and comfortable on tour…Congratulations Nunami Sculthorpe-Green


Colony 47 Transition to Work Award

Zack Mansfield 19, from Claremont has worked on a volunteer basis at the Food Bank and North Hobart Canteen. Despite suffering from a debilitating health condition with his feet as well as anxiety and depression, Zack has successfully completed Year 12 and earned a Certificate II in Work Skills and Work Readiness. He has completed work placement at Document Management Tasmania where he now works full-time…Congratulations Zack Mansfield


Leanne O’Keefe, 21 from Moonah works at Ludo Early Learning. Leanne had a traumatic childhood and lived with other youth under the care of CatholicCare Tasmania (CCT). With determination and commitment and support from her CCT Life Skills Educator, Leanne went back to school and completed Year 12. She accepted and commenced a traineeship and completed her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care…Congratulations Leanne O’Keefe


Samuel Bearman, 20 from Risdon Vale was part of the Build Up Tassie Program through Affordable Homes. He was then inducted into YourTown for the six-month program. Sam had difficulty reading and writing and constructing a sentence. He then improved after enrolling in the Skills for Education and Employment Program. He has earned his Certificate III in ICT, Forklift Licence and Certificate I/II in Construction Pathways…Congratulations Samuel Bearman


Angie Holbrook 24, from Brighton worked at the Aboriginal Centre where she was required to look after children. She has previously worked as Barista/Café Assistant, taking and preparing customer orders. Before commencing Transition to Work, Angie had been faced Anxiety, Depression and Social Anxiety but worked hard to face these barriers. She has since completed Year 12 and earned her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education…Congratulations Angie Holbrook


Dental South First Nations People Achievement Award

Hollie French 23, from Granton is a proud Palawa woman who runs “Deadly Choices”, a program set out by the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health to empower Tasmanian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. Hollie works with high school students in the healthy lifestyles program. She has encouraged over 100 people to get their health checks done…Congratulations Hollie French


Caleb Nichols-Mansell, 26 from Burnie is a proud Palawa man who founded Blackspace Creative, a website selling arts and crafts made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives in Tasmania. They also provide an avenue for the broader community to engage in and learn about their connections in a safe and respectful environment. Caleb left his job at UTas to work on Blackspace Creative full-time…Congratulations Caleb Nichols-Mansell


Tasha Matthews 23, from Lenah Valley pre pandemic volunteered with SEED Mob, Australia’s first Indigenous Youth Climate Action Network. During which she assisted in organising and executing fundraisers, movie nights, rallies and training programs. In her previous role as an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger, she used education and storytelling to encourage a deeper understanding of Aboriginal Culture and its diversity. She is currently working to create and nurture safe spaces for young people to explore and celebrate their culture and identity…Congratulations Tasha Matthews


Leroy Hart 24, from Chigwell has provided Aboriginal education amongst Tasmanian schools through art, music, cultural awareness, Indigenous health and spiritual guidance. In early 2020, he performed in multiple Aboriginal art, music and dance activities at the Falls Festival. He also ran a 3-day Indigenous education camp in Cockle Creek. Leroy currently works with Ruth Langford and other Indigenous members at The LongHouse (Nayri Niara)…Congratulations Leroy Hart


Qoin Small Business Achiever Award

Mollie McMaster 22, from Dysart runs Equestrian Collective, providing high-quality, affordable performance clothing designed by riders for riders, for Australian equestrian enthusiasts. Mollie purchased a failed start-up business and transformed it into a thriving international online equestrian community. Equestrian Collective has partnered with One Tree Planted, committing to plant one tree for every order placed. They have so far received 700 5-star reviews from customers…Congratulations Mollie McMaster


Molly Clark 22, from Riverside founded Molly’s Creation in 2016 as a 17-year-old student. Molly created timber cheese boards and chopping boards for a school project, which developed into a small business within months. She has since expanded to larger serving plates, bar tops, coat racks and tables. Molly utilises unique Tasmanian timber sourced primarily from the North-West Coast. She supplies to Tasmanian galleries and businesses…Congratulations Molly Clark


Kobi Colman 22, from Moonah co-founded Sarox, a web design, software development and consultancy firm. As its Board Chair and Operations Manager, Kobi is responsible for the strategic direction of the business and the execution of day-to-day operations. Sarox has supported over 90 Tasmanian businesses and employs six people in the local economy. During Covid-19, Kobi oversaw Sarox’s response, retained all the staff and supported its clients…Congratulations Kobi Colman


Billy Blackett, 20 from Blackmans Bay founded Affordable Tutoring Tasmania (ATT) in July 2020, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, to tutor students who were struggling with online learning. ATT is a youth-led locally owned business that provides students of all ages and abilities with well-rounded and experienced-based academic support. In 2021, they have engaged over 40 tutors and delivered 2,446 lessons to 197 unique students…Congratulations Billy Blackett


Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service & Volunteering Award

Gabrielle Andolfatto 23, from New Town ensures that volunteers at Edge Radio are safe, engaging with community radio and having fun. In 2019, she trained volunteers in radio production and audio editing, helping them attain jobs in the media industry. Gabrielle works on a national youth community radio network, providing a platform for youth in leadership. She is the Youth Representative on the Community Broadcasting Association Australia board…Congratulations Gabrielle Andolfatto


Sheng Yuan 17, from Sandy Bay has been holding charity piano concerts since he was 11 years old. The concerts raise money for charities whilst encouraging the community to come together to help less fortunate, vulnerable and disadvantaged people and raise awareness, especially among young people. In 2020 alone, he raised over $125,000. Sheng-Yuan was named 2021 Young Citizen of the Year by the City of Hobart…Congratulations Sheng Yuan


Jordon King 19, from Bridgewater has raised approximately $60,000 for the Children’s Ward and at the Royal Hobart Hospital. He has organised a Family Fun Day; charity concerts including bringing Justice Crew to Tasmania; Santa jetty Runs to collect gifts and donations; charity Christmas Carol events; and a Beauty Pageant for Miss King Talk Charity, which promotes positive body image and confidence in young people…Congratulations Jordon King


Meriem Daoui 23, from Kingston is a healthcare worker who uses her social media accounts to raise awareness and funds for causes that include children’s cancer, mental health, racism and bullying. Meriem participates in local running events. In 2021, she came up with the “Everest Challenge”, raising over $11,000 for The Tim Blair Run for Kids Foundation, which supports families of children diagnosed with cancer…Congratulations Meriem Daoui


Motors Tasmania Sports Award

Maximillian Guiliani 18, from Carlton is a member of The Hobart Aquatic Center. In 2019-2020, he won the 100m freestyle at the State Championships, giving him a national first-place ranking in his age group, three records and selection criteria for the National Flippers Squad. In 2021, he won silver in the Boys 17-year-old 100m freestyle. Max was named 2021 Tasmanian Swimmer of the Year…Congratulations Maximillian Guiliani


Dalton Stretton 18, from Penguin is an active member of the City of Burnie Cycling Club. He engages in club activities and provides peer support for younger athletes. Dalton has made steady progression after transitioning from the U17 age category into a very competitive U19 category at AusCycling. With a bright future as a track endurance athlete, Dalton would have represented Australia at the Junior World Championships…Congratulations Dalton Stretton


Amy Smith 17, from Moonah was the youngest Tasmanian to play in the Women’s Big Bash League and the Women’s National Cricket League. Amy started playing cricket with boys at her local club as female competition at the time was not strong. She now plays for the Tasmanian Tigers and Hobart Hurricanes. Amy was named Tasmanian Young Female Player of the Year 2018/2019 and 2019/2020…Congratulations Amy Smith


Taran Armstrong 20, from Burnie currently plays for the California Baptist University in the United States, where he was recently named Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. Taran has represented Australia at the U17 level. He led Australia to a Gold Medal at the 2019 FIBA Oceania Tournament. He also won a Bronze Medal with the Tasmania U20 State Team at the Australian National Championships…Congratulations Taran Armstrong