Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

2020 Winners of the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

2020 Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year – Toby Thorpe



St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities Award

Harriet Beattie, 28 of Scottsdale is extremely committed to the health and wellbeing of the Dorset community in a physical, social and emotional capacity, which she has demonstrated through various roles. Harriet is currently a Rural Physical Health worker for the Royal Flying Doctor Service where she delivers group and individual cardiac & pulmonary rehabilitation programs along with other exercise-based care plans for individuals suffering from chronic conditions. Harriet has successfully increased the physical activity of people aged 50-85 and the number of people completing cardiopulmonary rehabilitation living in rural and remote areas. She provides educational health programs and runs a free weekly group exercise program.


Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service & Volunteering Award

Toby Thorpe, 18 of Huonville led the Energy Futures Team at Huonville High School to become the sole Australian finalist in the International Zayed Sustainability Prize and the winner of $100,000 (US). Toby has represented his community twice at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and spoke at multiple e-meetings across the world. He organised the first ever state-wide Climate Leaders Conference in Hobart, attracting over 350 students and professionals and is an active member of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Toby volunteers for Switched on Schools and has empowered young people to take action against climate change through the role of Youth Facilitator at Education for Sustainability Tasmania.


First National Real Estate Leadership Award

Gabrielle Dewsbury, 17 of Newnham pioneered the School Strike 4 Climate movement which is a student-led movement fighting for climate justice. She has led multiple Climate Strikes including the first Northern Strike in Tasmania and set up a Student Wellbeing Committee at her school. Gabrielle leads the “Health is Wealth” initiative, which runs workshops focused on mental health and wellbeing and has partnered with Beyond Blue to expand Nationally. Gabrielle is on multiple committees including the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and speaks at conferences and forums around the state. She has won multiple awards and represented Tasmania at the UN Youth Aotearoa Leadership Tour.


Dental South Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Achievement Award

Jordy Gregg, 22 of Glenorchy is a passionate teacher, actor writer and film maker. In 2018, Jordy played the part of Laertes in Hamlet which went on to win Tasmania’s Best Professional Production. He has been the lead tour guide for the Bay of Fires Walk and worked closely with educational facilities such as the Lambert School where he gives music lessons. Jordy has given talks to students at Clarence High School regarding jobs and potential career paths and taught children at the Aboriginal Children’s Center about acting, drama and social dynamic skills. He is currently writing a theatre show which has attracted national interest.


Motors Tasmania Sports Award

Kate Eckhart, 22 of West Hobart is a Canoe Slalom athlete and has represented Australia for almost seven years. During that time she has won countless awards, some of which include; second and third place at the Junior world championships, third place at the senior world championships, third place at the Australian open K1, 6th place at the U/23 World Canoe Slalom and third place at the World Championships U/23 World Canoe Slalom Championships. Kate has held a scholarship for the Tasmanian Institute of Sport and Paddle Australia since 2013 and is an amazing role model for other athletes at the Tasmanian Institute of Sport.


Spirit of Tasmania Tourism and Hospitality Award

Benjamin Coe, 23 of Flowery Gully is a tour guide and supervisor at Platypus House. Ben is responsible for running the tours, assisting staff, and liaising with tour directors. His passion lies with animals and touring, which is evident from the hundreds of customer service reviews highlighting his friendly, enthusiastic persona when hosting the tours. Ben’s efforts have led to the opening of a Platypus Exhibit at San Diego Zoo and took him to the Finalist stage in Chilli 90.1fm's Champions of Tourism Awards. Ben’s shining personality and positive attitude allows him to lead his team by example and improve the efficiency of the group.


Colony 47 Transition to Work Award

Jan Richards, 18 of Latrobe is a determined, energetic young woman. In 2019 she completed her Certificate II in Community Services focusing on Children’s Services and a Certificate III in Hospitality. Jan is currently completing a traineeship within the Child Care industry as well as a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. She completed these whilst also working part time to support herself. Jan participated in the planning and running of Play Group sessions that were provided to the parents and children within their community.


TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award

Heidi La Paglia, 26 of Hobart is an advocate for young women with disabilities, like herself. Heidi undertook leadership roles for the Tasmania University Union and National Union of Students where she assisted women with disabilities with their welfare and participation. She worked to assist individuals in accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme in her roles working for Federal Members of the Australian Labor Party, Senator Carol Brown and the Hon Julie Collins MP. As the Content Officer for Women With Disabilities Australia's virtual centre project, Heidi worked extensively with individuals with disabilities across Australia to develop content for their website 'Our Place’ which was launched in March.


Travel Associates Career Achievement Award

Shannon Umgeher, 25 of Murdunna is a young and successful entrepreneur. In 2014 he completed his study of residential drafting at TasTAFE, after which he became Store Manager at the Brighton IGA where he managed 23 staff members. During this time he also established and successfully operated his own garden maintenance business. In 2017 Shannon took the next step in his career and became the owner of the Murdunna Roadhouse, a small service station and general store. Since Shannon purchased the business he has been able to expand the building, product line, and services offered, and has single-handedly doubled the business’s stock, customers and sales.