Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

2022 Winners of the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

The 2021 Tasmanian Young Achiever Award Winners: L-R Billy Blackett, Aaron Benham, Kiara Adams, Anna Terry, MC Kim Millar 7 Tasmania, Caleb Nichols-Mansell, The Hon Elise Archer MP, Sheng-Yuan People's Choice Award Winner, Leanne O'Keefe, Gabrielle Andolfatto, Amy Smith, Nathan Volf.


2022 Premier's Young Achiever of the Year - Caleb Nichols-Mansell

 The Honourable Elise Archer MP, Attorney-General, Minister for Justice, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Building and Construction, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Heritage, with Caleb Nichols-Mansell.


Spirit Super Create Change Award

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.

Ruvinda Nanayakkara, Manager Product and Innovation, Spirit Super with Aaron Benham

First National Real Estate Leadership Award

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.

Ray Ellis, CEO, First National Real Estate with Nathan Volf

TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award

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.

Jeremy Pettet, Executive Officer Uniting VIC/TAS, TADPAC Print with Kiara Adams

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.

Dean Collett, Chief Information Officer, Spirit of Tasmania with Anna Terry

Colony 47 Transition to Work Award

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.

Emma Graham, Transition to Work Coordinator, Colony47 with Leanne O'Keefe

Dental South First Nations People Achievement Award

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.

Dr Jess Manuela, Dentist & Director, Dental South with Caleb Nichols-Mansell

Qoin Small Business Achiever Award

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.

Sunny Beatson, Owner of Beadoughs Donuts, Winner of last years Qoin Small Business Award with 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.

Alderman Heather Chong, Deputy Mayor, Clarence City Council with Gabrielle Andolfatto

Motors Tasmania Sports Award

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.

Terry Bienefelt, General Manager, Motors (Cars)