Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

2023 Finalists


Spirit Super Connecting Communities Award


Isabella Dewar, 16 of Burnie is determined to try and help everyone around her. Isabella received her black belt in karate at the age of 14 in 2021. She went through an instructor’s course and is now a certified karate instructor. Isabella teaches self-defence for free to kids and adults who have been bullied. She also helps run empowerment programs for people who have been bullied.


Monique Maclaine, 24 of North Hobart is a proud trawlwoolway plangermaireener pakana queer woman, who is completing her undergraduate degree in STEM and works at Riawunna (UTAS) to support and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success in the community. She also volunteers in the State Emergency Service, is an associate with Firesticks Indigenous Alliance Corportation Mentoring Program, and is a member of the Roadmap Project Governance Group with SAHMRI.


The Hive Collective, of Hobart has a mission to inspire women to learn, grow and make a positive impact. The Hive Collective is a not-for-profit that empowers women through connection, support and collaboration. They hold events that bring together 40 to 80 attendees from a diverse range of sectors, with the goal of making Tasmania the best place for women to build quality careers and meaningful connections.


Trenton Hoare, 22 of Hobart is a non-binary Sociology and Politics & Policy student committed to improving student life at UTAS. As TUSA Equity President, they advocate for and represent minority students, and connect them to support services. Trenton campaigns for social justice issues such as LGBTQIA+ rights, housing and climate action. They also volunteer with Landcare Tasmania and sit on the Premier's Youth Advisory Council.


Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service & Volunteering Award


Alia Haider, 19 of Howrah is committed to bettering her community. Alia started by volunteering at the Multicultural Youth Tasmania’s Youth (MYT) Drop-in sessions at the Migrant Resource Centre, designed for individuals with a migrant or refugee background to eat, socialise, and get support for other services. Alia also became Chair of the MYT Youth Advisory Group, representing multicultural young people in youth policy and strategy.


Archie Payne, 13 of Norwood is hoping to improve the lives of people living with Motor Neuron Disease (MND). In the last two years, Archie has held four fundraisers for the charity Fight MND. In 2021, he became the 2021 Fight MND 27 Challenge Tasmanian Ambassador. Archie has raised almost $13,000 for Fight MND, which goes directly to research to find a cure for MND.


Ebony Smith, 22 of Launceston is an active advocate for mental health in her community. Ebony currently studies psychology at UTAS and works as a behaviour support practitioner to support people with disabilities to achieve their full potential and improve quality of life. Over the past 6 years she has volunteered for Lifeline, Headspace, Riding for the Disabled, Special Olympics, as well as a dance teacher for students with Down's Syndrome.


Gavin Yi Feng Quek, 25 of North Hobart is a dentist helping improve oral health awareness among Tasmanians. He volunteers with the Red Cross’s Bicultural Health Program, educating refugees on oral health. He provides pro-bono dental services to the marginalised through the Australian Dental Health Foundation. Gavin is also a Councillor and Secretary for the Australian Dental Association Tasmania and chairs its Oral Health Promotion Committee. He recently discussed oral health on TEDxHobart.


First National Real Estate Leadership Award


Ben Dudman, 25 of Westbury has campaigned to end discrimination against men who have sex with men, which led to the reduction in the donation deferral period from 12 months to three months. In 2022, Ben became the youngest to be elected to the Meander Valley Council. He uses his platform to promote a connected community and improve communication between local government bureaucracy and the public.


Eve Poland, 25 of Geilston Bay founded the University of Tasmania Zero Waste Society and Jane Waste and Sustainability Committee at her student residence to help students lower their waste contribution to landfills. These initiatives hosted events, introduced recycling initiatives, composting facilities and clothes swaps. Eve is also a passionate chemist who has co-authored two peer-reviewed publications, and endeavours to use her career to address climate change.


Georgia Stewart, 25 of Lenah Valley has contributed to the Tasmania Rugby Union for over five years as a State Board Member and Vice President. She helped reintroduce the junior girls’ state rugby program and captained her club and 2022 Tasmania Women's 7s state team. Georgia is also an astrophysics PhD candidate and Secretary of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics.


Kate Vosper, 24 of Sandy Bay started This Theatre Company in 2021 to provide young actors and technicians with performance and creative opportunities. The company aims to expose the art of theatrical performance to community groups who may have limited access to live theatre experiences. As its CEO and Director, Kate writes, directs and produces plays for children and recruits casts and technicians from the Tasmanian community.


Ryan Davis, 27 of Devonport is an Intensive Care Paramedic with Ambulance Tasmania. He provides clinical coaching to his peers and high-quality simulation training for interns. Ryan presented at the Australasian College of Paramedicine International Conference in 2021 to discuss the implementation of pre-hospital thrombolysis. Ryan is also part of the Ambulance Tasmania Clinical Advisory Committee, which makes decisions on the evolution of Paramedicine in Tasmania.


Dental South First Nations People Achievement Award


Djuker Hart, 30 has been working as an Indigenous Tour Guide for six years with Wukalina Walk. He helps others understand the Indigenous culture by writing tours, training new guides, and giving educational cultural training talks to kids. Djuker also performs cultural dances and teaches others in the community about dance and cultural knowledge. He is working towards starting his own tourism business in the future.


Jamie Graham-Blair, 28 of Tranmere is motivated to make his people proud. Jamie is a proud Trawlwoolway and Plangermairenner Pakana man. Working as an educator and learning support officer at St. Virgils College, he ensures that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have a sense of pride and empowerment within their education journey. Jamie also shares their history and culture as a lead guide with Wukalina Walk.


Kitana Mansell, 22 of Risdon Cove is leading young women in entrepreneurship. Kitana is a proud Palawa woman. She works at the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, where she manages Palawa kipli, the first Tasmanian Aboriginal food business. With Kitana’s help, Palawa kipli has also moved into tourism and launched kipli takara tours (bush tucker tours). At 18, Kitana created the first public Native edible (bush tucker) garden in Hobart’s CBD.


Naarah, 25 of Glenorchy is full of soul & sunshine and a love for the arts and people. Naarah is a performer and creative originally from the Gija mob from the Kimberley, WA but has spent most of her life in her island home lutruwita/Tasmania. Naarah is a creative and performer intentional in bringing change and empowering communities through the arts.


TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award


Abbie Walker, 17 of Acton Park advocates for an equitable, inclusive, diverse and accessible future. Abbie participated in the Young Leaders of Tasmania (YLOT) Program while in Year 10. In Year 11, she was employed part-time in the YLOT Social Buddies Program. In 2022, she spoke on behalf of YLOT at a garden party. Abbie is now a relief teacher’s assistant at Southern Support School.


Bethany Reece Yates, 26 of Hobart is passionate about helping reduce barriers preventing people with disabilities from engaging with the arts. Bethany is a Company Coordinator at Second Echo Ensemble, an arts organisation that produces high-quality professional art whilst reducing barriers for people from diverse backgrounds. She is trained as a contemporary dance artist and has performed professionally nationally. Bethany previously worked as a disability support worker.


Maggie Hopster, 14 of Newtown volunteers with the Young Leaders of Tasmania (YLOT), an organisation that changes the perception of disability through peer-to-peer interactions and encourages inclusion and acceptance. She was part of the All-Abilities Program and the YLOT’s Holiday Program. Maggie has also worked with the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia and was part of the first Let’s Go Surfing event in 2021.


Mila Skingle, 16 of Bellerive is advocating for more inclusive learning and accessible facilities. Mila started volunteering with the Young Leaders of Tasmania (YLOT) Buddy Program in 2018. She continued with the YLOT Holiday Program before becoming a Paid Disability Support Worker. Mila is also a Commissioner of Children and Young People ambassador, advocating for her peers with a disability to influence politicians and government decision-makers.


Spirit of Tasmania Tourism and Hospitality Award


Djuker Hart, 30 is passionate about educational cultural training. Djuker does a lot of tourism work as an Indigenous tour guide with Wukalina Walk. He teaches other young people about different cultural aspects, about the land, and how to deliver service in a professional manner. He also sometimes provides free cultural education in schools. Djuker has a Certificate III in Tour Guiding.


Kitana Mansell - Palawa Kipli, 22 of Risdon Cove is strengthening her community by sharing cultural knowledge. A proud Palawa woman, Kitana works is responsible for managing Palawa Kipli, the first Tasmanian Aboriginal food business. The business catered for over 200 events from 2020 to 2021. They recently launched Kipli Takara Tours (bush tucker tours). Kitana has a Certificate III in Business and previously worked as an Aboriginal Business Trainee.


Kylie Bell - Compass Hut, 28 of Forthside is an advocate for ecotourism and agritourism, co-founding and managing Compass Hut, an off-grid eco tiny house accommodation in Tasmania. She promotes the north-west region and Tasmania through Compass Hut and her new project, Lost Oar. Kylie founded and coordinates the Mersey Valley Tourism Group, and chairs the Tourism Subcommittee of the Devonport Chamber of Commerce as an elected Executive Committee Member.


Sarah Wells, 29 of Launceston is the Marketing Manager of Tasmanian Walking Company, developing innovative strategies that encourages thousands of guests each year to visit Tasmania and ultimately develop a deeper connection with nature. An adventure seeker at heart and a natural storyteller, Sarah proudly works alongside an incredible team who wholeheartedly commit to protecting the natural environment, and educate their guests on how to walk respectfully through our wild places.


St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities Award


Catelyn Richards, 30 of Sheffield is a proud Registered Nurse and co-founding director of Climate Action Nurses. She has been a co-contributor to 12 peer-reviewed publications through her work in the Monash University Wound Research Team and the Climate and Health Alliance. As a 2022 Westpac Future Leader’s scholar, Catelyn is passionate about delivering sustainable and equitable healthcare for all Tasmanians.


Gavin Yi Feng Quek, 25 of North Hobart is a dentist helping improve oral health awareness among Tasmanians. He volunteers with the Red Cross’s Bicultural Health Program, educating refugees on oral health. He provides pro-bono dental services to the marginalised through the Australian Dental Health Foundation. Gavin is also a Councillor and Secretary for the Australian Dental Association Tasmania and chairs its Oral Health Promotion Committee. He recently discussed oral health on TEDxHobart.


Liz van Dongen, 25 of West Hobart is assisting people towards optimal health. Liz is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist who has Cystic Fibrosis (CF). She delivers "Running with CF'' programs, presents at international webinars, and participates in a podcast series. In March 2022, Liz successfully assisted CF Australia’s campaign to have Trifakta, a drug that treats the underlying conditions of CF, be put on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.


Ryan Davis, 27 of Devonport is an Intensive Care Paramedic at Ambulance Tasmania who has been involved in the care of thousands in the North-West community. He has an extended scope of practice to treat the most critically ill patients in the community. Ryan mentors junior paramedics in their new career. He helps his colleagues progress to independent practice and establishes high-quality simulation training for interns.


Motors Tasmania Sports Award


Amber French, 19 of Tinderbox is passionate about coaching the new generation. Amber is a trampolinist. She won gold in the Junior U17 Individual trampoline at the National Championships and the National Clubs in 2019. Amber has represented Australia at three World Age Trampolining Championships. In 2022, she was named co-captain of the World Age Australian team. Amber is an advanced coach and coaches thrice weekly.


Hamish McKenzie, 18 of Newstead is determined to grow as a person and cycler. Hamish is a cyclist who won in the Under 19 Time Trial Championship in January 2022. He represented the Australian U19 Road Team in the Wollongong World Championships in September 2022. Hamish recently completed his Level 1 cycling coaching course so he can work with junior athletes in his club.


Izzy Flint, 20 of Summerhill is empowering young aspiring athletes. Izzy is a cyclist. She has been Oceania Champion multiple times and is the current U23 XCC and XCO National Champion. Izzy has competed in a full season of World Cups and UCI-level international races across Europe, representing Australia. Having suffered a cycling-related concussion before, Izzy has worked with Brain Injury Tasmania to promote awareness of sports-related concussions and their impacts.


Kate Oliver, 21 of West Hobart & Sophie Robinson, 20 of Lauderdale aim to be positive role models for others. Kate and Sophie competed in Italy at the 2022 U23 World Rowing Championships, representing Australia in the Women’s U23 Lightweight Pair. They placed 2nd in the B final and 8th overall. They overcame the gruelling selection process to represent Australia, where they competed at the State Championships and National Rowing Championships in 2022.


Strategic Alliance Small Business Achiever Award


Courtney Hill - Dare Darlin, 27 of Riverside has a people-over-profit mentality. Courtney runs Dare Darlin, a restaurant located on the Tamar River of Launceston, known for creating exceptional experiences with Tasmania’s best produce and producers. Courtney pays her full-time staff a level above and constantly talks to the team about everything, all the time. She seeks out the community in every possible way to stay relevant and needed.


Grace Chia - CHIA Studios, 24 of Claremont is passionate about working with emerging, homegrown artists. In 2015, Grace founded CHIA Studios, a digital media and performing arts production house focused on spoken word, hip-hop and electronic music artists. Originally focused on photography, the business has branched out widely to include videography, graphic design, illustration, and music events. They have worked with many emerging Tasmanian artists to kick start their career.


Lam Tran Phuong Vo - Mekong Vietnamese Restaurant, 24 of Launceston has a passion for showcasing Vietnamese cuisine. Mekong is a 38-seat restaurant located in Yorktown Square. It aims to bring the quintessence of Vietnamese cuisine through locally sourced produce and quality service. Lam Tran has worked alongside the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide and has partnered with Entertainment Publications Pty Ltd to offer 25% off vouchers to reach more customers.


Ruthy Hernandez - Healthfulness by Ruthy, 29 of Launceston is devoted to oral health awareness and education. Dr Ruthy is a facial aesthetic dentist who runs a private dental and aesthetic practice in Launceston. She uses high-quality, state-of-the-art treatments to deliver personalised and complete dental and skin health services. In 12 months, her clinic has grown to a team of six. They run an informative website and offer online booking.


Colony 47 Courage to Grow Award


Jesse Murray, 26 of West Hobart has a passion for helping others. Whilst pursuing a career in science, he had to overcome physical and mental health challenges to complete a Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work in 2022. Now working full-time at The Salvation Army as an Emergency Relief Assessor, Jesse is passionate about helping others and making a positive difference in their lives.


Jessica Clark, 23 of Hobart has used the depths of struggle to emerge a great passion for life. Jessica came to Reclink through Velocity Transformations where she has become the first female graduate of the Hobart residential addiction recovery program. She has since taken on a role of supporting women in their recovery journey whilst also pursuing her love for sports through hiking and swimming.


Paige Salter, 19 of Goodwood sacrificed her identity to follow her dreams. Paige overcame housing instability, mental health challenges and past trauma to pursue a dream career in hospitality. She completed a Certificate III in Tourism and Hospitality and undertook a work placement at Government House. Paige started an apprenticeship in December last year and in 2021, she obtained a house and has since lived independently.


Sean O'Sullivan, 22 of Glebe has regained hope and confidence through commitment and determination. Sean transformed his caring responsibilities and short-term memory issues into a full-time role at a leading hotel. He completed the 10-week kitchen program with Hamlet Café and went on to complete his Youth Employment Pathway Program in Hospitality and Tourism in 2021. Sean now works full-time as a kitchenhand for Crowne Plaza.



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


2021 Finalists


Spirit Super Create Change Award

• Aaron Benham, 26 of West Hobart
• Grace Tame, 26 of Bellervie
• Madeline Green, 29 of Glebe
• The Hive Collective, of nipaluna/Hobart


Dental South First Nations People Achievement Award

• Bianca Templar, 26 of Ravenswood
• Hollie French, 21 of Rosetta
• Jony Berry, 26 of Opossum bay
• Naarah, 23 of Glenorchy


Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service & Volunteering Award

• Francis Pascal, 27 of Acton Park
• Jordon King, 18 of Bridgewater
• Josh Walsh, 27 of New Norfolk
• Lara Emmett, 21 of Ulverstone


Motors Tasmania Sports Award

• Liam Johnston, 18 of Underwood
• Dalton Stretton, 17 of Penguin
• Maximillian Giuliani, 17 of Carlton
• Samuel Lewis Clifford, 18 of Legana


First National Real Estate Leadership Award

• Jax Ewin, 29 of Goodwood
• Phoebe Berwick, 22 of Devonport
• Kaytlyn Johnson, 19 of Lapoinya
• Rachel Hay, 23 of Dodges Ferry


Qoin Small Business Achiever Award

• Beadoughs Donuts of Emu Heights
• Kobi Colman, 21 of Moonah
• Molly Clark, 21 of Riverside
• Sarah Macrae, 21 of Kingston


St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities Award

• Hannah Godfrey, 22 of White Beach
• Laura Johnson 21, of Somerset
• Rebecca Foster, 29 of Berriedale
• Raw Strength Tasmania, 29 of Rokeby


TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award

• Daniel Jones, 21 of Somerset
• Jessica Benge, 28 of Port Sorell
• Luke Williams, 21 of Hobart
• Oliver Parnham, 19 of Sandy Bay


Spirit of Tasmania Tourism and Hospitality Award

• Courtney Hill, 25 of Riverside
• Hamish Cunningham, 25 of Hobart
• Holly Bowden, 28 of Sandy Bay
• Rebecca Goodman, 23 of Newtown


Colony 47 Transition to Work Award

• Bryce Taylor, 21 of Railton
• Bron Shelverton, 26 of Huonville
• Chloe Hansson, 19 of Kingston
• Patrick Rosevear, 18 of Rosevears




2020 Finalists


Tasplan Create Change Award


• Toby Thorpe, 18 of Huonville
• Zoe Douglas-Kinghorn, 22 of South Hobart
• George Scott, 18 of Sandy Bay
• Samantha Andrews, 28 of Bridgewater


St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities Award


• Harriet Beattie, 28 of Scottsdale
• Brittany Szlezak, 29 of Chigwell
• Rayyan Baig, 17 of Park Grove
• Raw Strength Tasmania, 28 of Rokeby


Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service & Volunteering Award


• Steven Elliston, 23 of Kingston
• Jordon King, 17 of Bridgewater
• Toby Thorpe, 18 of Huonville
• Alissia Pearson, 22 of Riverside


First National Real Estate Leadership Award


• Gabrielle Dewsbury, 17 of Newnham
• Madeline Wells, 24 of Wynyard
• William Smith, 27 of Montana
• Rose Lindner, 27 of Montrose


Dental South Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Achievement Award


• Kitana Mansell, 19 of Lutana
• Jordy Gregg, 22 of Glenorchy
• Mia King, 18 of East Launceston


Motors Tasmania Sports Award


• Flynn Caro, 16 of Kingston Beach
• Matthew French, 19 of Tinderbox
• Amber French, 16 of Tinderbox
• Kate Eckhart, 22 of West Hobart


Spirit of Tasmania Tourism and Hospitality Award


• Alexandra Turner, 25 of Rosetta
• Evelyn McCormack, 27 of Hobart
• Benjamin Coe, 23 of Flowery Gully
• Freya Downie, 15 of Gretna


Colony 47 Transition to Work Award


• Jan Richards, 18 of Latrobe
• Madeline Wade, 19 of Saltwater River
• Patrick Rosevear, 17 of Rosevears
• Brigid Thomson, 21 of Sandy Bay


TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award


• Nicole McKillop, 23 of Margate
• Cody Woulleman, 24 of Rokeby
• Katie Holmstrom, 25 of Brighton
• Heidi La Paglia, 26 of Hobart


Travel Associates Career Achievement Award


• Julian Cook, 27 of North Hobart
• Shannon Umgeher, 25 of Murdunna
• Ashley Evans, 29 of Port Arthur
• Alice Saul, 29 of Sandford



2019 Finalists


Colony 47 Transition to Work Award

 Kelly Deane, 24 of SORELL

 Alex Morris Baguley, 28 of LESLIE VALE 

 Dylan Wagner, 24 of ROKEBY 

 Kyle Hodgman, 20 of AUSTINS FERRY 


Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service & Volunteering Award

 Toby Thorpe, 17 of HUONVILLE 

 Chloe Payne, 12 of NORWOOD 

 Campbell Remess, 14 of ACTON PARK 

 Theo Kapodistrias, 28 of SANDY BAY 


Spirit of Tasmania Tourism and Hospitality Award

 Elias Solis, 29 of NEW TOWN 

 Alexandra Turner, 24 of ROSETTA 

 Mariska Scerri, 20 of RAILTON 

 Freya Downie, 14 of GRETNA 


TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award

 Matthew Etherington, 23 of SANDY BAY 

 Dakoda Leary, 20 of CHIGWELL 

 Lauren Burnes, 27 of ST HELENS 

 Karita Casimaty, 29 of MOONAH 


Dental South Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Achievement Award

 Denni Proctor, 26 of WEST LAUNCESTON 

 Mia King, 17 of EAST LAUNCESTON 

 Zac Romagnoli-Townsend, 25 of NUBEENA 

 Grace Williams, 20 of BLACKMANS BAY


St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities Award

 Dr Daniel Hoyle, 29 of NEW TOWN 

 Matthew Etherington, 23 of SANDY BAY 

 Brittany Chatwin, 25 of BURNIE 

 Dr Rosie Clark, 29 of TAROONA 


University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award

 Luke Tepper, 26 of SUMMERHILL 

 Ashleigh Devereux, 27 of LUTANA 

 Thomas Coad, 28 of TRANMERE 

 Grace Birchall, 24 of SHEARWATER 


First National Real Estate Leadership Award

 Samuel Watson, 18 of ULVERSTONE 

 Ee Jon Yeoh, 27 of SOUTH HOBART 

 Grace Williams, 21 of GRANTON 

 Cameron Scott, 26 of MORNINGTON


Motors Tasmania Sports Award

 Anya Louw, 18 of AMBLESIDE 

 Daniel Watkins, 23 of GROVE

 Kate Eckhardt, 21 of WEST HOBART



2018 Finalists

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
Alexander Rodrigues, 24 of West Hobart
Stephanie Eslake, 27 of Sandy Bay 
Amber Koroluk-Stephenson, 29 of Mount Stuart 

University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award

Kirby Medcraft, 29 of Lutana 
Olivia Newlands, 25 of Howden 
Thomas Coad, 27 of Tranmere 

First National Real Estate Leadership Award

Nene Manasseh, 26 of Glenorchy
Samuel Watson, 17 of Ulverstone 
Grant Milbourne, 28 of Lenah Valley 

Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service & Volunteering Award

Olivia Fleming, 21 of Rosny Park
Grace Hills, 21 of Hayes 
Nathan Morey, 27 of Hobart 

TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award

Luke Williams, 18 of Newtown 
Matthew Etherington, 22 of Taroona 
Jack Dyson, 20 of Rokeby 

St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities Award

Cara Shearer, 27 of Latrobe
Nadine Ozols, 29 of Bicheno 
Matthew Etherington, 22 of Taroona 

Spirit of Tasmania Tourism and Hospitality Award

Emily Briffa, 29 of West Hobart 
Nikia Shaw, 20 of Sandy Bay
Tara Howell, 27 of Launceston

Motors Tasmania Sports Award
Madeleine Fasnacht, 18 of Blackmans Bay 
Jasmin Galbraith & Chloe Fisher, 18 of Sandy Bay 
Sam Walker, 15 of Bridgewater 

Colony 47 Young Indigenous Achievement Award

Bianca Templar, 22 of Newham 
Madelena Andersen-Ward, 26 of Margate 
Madeline Wells, 22 of Wynyard 


2017 Finalists

Colony 47 Young Indigenous Achievement Award
Jacob Prehn, 29 of Kingston
Madeline Wells, 21 of Wynyard
Sinsa Mansell, 29 of Launceston

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
Grace Herbert, 27 of Hobart
Stephanie Eslake, 26 of Hobart
Tyler Richardson, 29 of Sandy Bay 

Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service & Volunteering Award
Caitlin Wilkinson, 25 of South Hobart
Campbell Remess, 12 of Acton Park
Mohammad Nourouzi, 23 of South Launceston
Saraswathy Varatharajullu, 27 of Hobart 

St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities Award
Dr Jessica Manuela, 28 of Blackmans Bay
Nadine Ozols, 28 of Scottsdale
Thomas Cole, 27 of South Launceston 

TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award
Katherine Elliston, 24 of South Hobart
Luke Williams, 17 of Hobart
Shai Denny, 22 of Ridgely 

Motors Tasmania Sports Award
Anna Walls, 16 of Taroona
Ariarne Titmus, 16 of Launceston
Henry Youl, 21 of Hadspen 

University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award
Caitlin Cashion, 27 of Huntingfield
Dannica Green, 26 of Bridgewater
Nathan Mills, 28 of Dodges Ferry



2016 Finalists

AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award
• Charlotte Hunn, 28 of Kingston
• Emilie McDonnell, 23 of Battery Point
• Emma Quinn, 28 of Lindisfarne

Heather and Christopher Chong Community Service Award
• Eliza Nolan, 22 of Lindisfarne
• Eva MacKinley, 25 of Sandy Bay
• Meg Cooper, 24 of Sandy Bay
• Nene Manasseh, 24 of Glenorchy

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
• Benjamin Price, 24 of Rosetta
• Halina Kaufman, 28 of Lenah Valley
• Maeve Mhairi MacGregor, 26 of West Hobart

University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education, Teaching Excellence Award
• Jordana Schmidt, 28 of Margate
• Kate Merry, 27 of Riverside
• Samuel Morey, 28 of Berriedale
• Skye Tisdell, 28 of Lower Snug

St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities Award
• Alice McGushin, 25 of New Town
• Brent Cashion, 27 of Montrose
• Mitch McPherson, 28 of Tranmere

Motors Group Tasmania Sports Award
• Jacob Birtwhistle, 20 of Launceston
• James Robinson, 18 of Prospect
• Kate Eckhardt, 18 of West Hobart
• Wilson Mure, 22 of Tinderbox

Tadpac Print Service to the Disability Sector Award
• Carrie Leppard, 26 of Glenorchy
• Jessica Briers, 25 of New Norfolk
• Joshua Hicks, 22 of Burnie

Colony 47 Young Aboriginal Achievement Award
• Bianca Templar, 21 of Rocherlea
• David Bailey, 25 of South Hobart
• Jacob Prehn, 28 of Glenorchy
• Teangi Brown, 21 of Bellerive



2015 Finalists

First National Real Estate Leadership and Innovation Award
• Waqas Durrani - Hobart 
• Yaya Lu - Dynnyrne 
• Lily Millwood - West Launeston 

St.LukesHeath Health and Wellbeing Award
• Rachel Climie - Bonnet Hill 
• Katryna Induni - Dynnyrn
• Dr Lila Landowski - North Hobart 
• Mitch McPherson - Tranmere 

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
• Benjamin Price - South Hobart
• Hannah May Bartle - South Hobart
• Lyndon Riggall - Riverside   

University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award 
• Ashley McPherson - Mornington 28 
• Zane Littlejohn - Summerhill
• Tobi Allan - Mawbanna  

Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service Award
• Kimberley Martin - Hobart 
• Mitch McPherson - Tranmere 
• Andrew Millhouse - Kingston

Tasmanian Institute of Sport Sports Award
• Jacob Birtwhistle - Riversdale
• Campbell Flakemore - Howrah
• Lauren Perry - West Launceston
• Macey Stewart - Devonport

Colony 47 Aboriginal Achievement Award
• David Bailey - South Hobart 
• Kartanya Maynard - Glenorchy
• Caleb Nichols-Mansell - Hobart 

AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award 
• Loren Atkins - Relbia 
• Lucy MacDonald - Sandy Bay 
• Laura Mcilhenny - Rose Bay
• Andrew Millhouse - Kingston 

Tasmanian Early Years Foundation Excellence Award 
• Stacey Hall - Orielton
• Hannah Parkes - Kingston 
• Melissa Tyrrell - Claremont

TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award
• Kiralee Ainslie - Natone 
• Meg Cooper - Sandy Bay
• Vanessa Haigh - Newnham 


2012 Finalists

Heather and Christopher Chong Community Service Award
• Amy Fogarty
• Millie Rooney
• Alphonse Tshitenga-Mulumba

Mat Goggin Foundation Entrepreneurship Award
• Tristan McCarthy
• Catelyn Richards

Hydro Tasmania Environment Award
• Kim Beasy
• Jen Calder

First National Real Estate Leadership and Innovation Award
• James Atanasious
• Melanie Irons

TEMCO Science and Technology Award
• Dawn Doré
• Minnie Mao
• Clare Smith

Print Applied Technology Sports Award
• Luke Jackson
• Rebecca Quail

University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award
• Emma Aorangi
• Kate Longey

Group Trade and Enterprise Achievement Award
• Kieran Rimmelzwaan
• Maja Veit


2011 Finalists

Fonterra Agricultural Award
• Robert Arvier
• Jessica Coad

Academy of the Arts: UTAS School of Visual and Performing Arts and Tasmanian Polytechnic Arts Award
• Duncan Meerding
• Bridget Nicklason-King
• Fred Showell

Spirit of Tasmania Award

• Dario Phillips
• Clare Smith

Tasmania Together Community Service Award
• Kelly Eijdenberg
• Sophie Fisher
• Alexander Moores

Hydro Tasmania Environment Award

• Emma Flukes
• Oliver Strutt

Camerons' Leadership and Innovation Award
• Cait Clarke
• Gregory Irons
• Lisa Tedeschi

TEMCO Science and Technology Award 
• Catherine Blizzard
• Jerome Staal

Print Applied Technology Sports Award
• Amy Cure
• Hugh Greenwood

Group Trade and Enterprise Achievement Award
• Bella Fountain
• Dario Phillips

2010 Finalists

Fonterra Agricultural Award
• Joe Bennett
• Robert Arvier

MyState Financial Arts Award
• Michael Lampard
• Peter Clark

Spirit of Tasmania Award
• Katerina Ogden
• Rose Tasker
• Ben Waterworth

Tasmania Together Community Service Award
• James Atanasious
• Katerina Ogden
• Madeleine Charles

Hydro Tasmania Environment Award
• Oliver Strutt
•Jessica Gathercole

Forestry Tasmania Regional Initiative Award
• Danni Murfet
• Brad Smith

TEMCO Science and Technology Award
• Adele Woodhouse
• Heather McGee

Print Applied Technology Sports Award
• Amy Cure
• Tristan Thomas
• Hugh Greenwood

Group Trade and Enterprise Achievement Award
• Saga Hassinen
• Lisa Tedeschi