TASMANIA

Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

"It was such a humbling feeling to receive the Premier's Young Achiever of the Year Award 2017. It means a lot when you work hard towards making a difference in your community and profession and when you receive such a prestigious award it is motivating and affirming that all the hard work is making a difference. Since the award evening, I have been busy starting a new dental clinic in Blackmans Bay, have developed with the Royal Flying doctor's Surgery and SETAC (South Eastern Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation) a scheme to treat indigenous Tasmanian adults with health care cards, and my latest project is developing a community advertisement which is targeted at children to provide them with basic information on how to look after their mouth.

I think the award has been very helpful in opening other opportunities and has already connected me with other people who are making changes in the community. I would definitely recommend that other people nominate for the Young Achiever Awards as it is an opportunity to connect with a lot of other young achievers that are making changes. It is also a great honour to be recognised in such a way by peers and the community."

Dr Jessica Manuela 
2017 Premier's Young Achiever of the Year
2017 St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities Award Winner

 

"Winning the 2017 Colony 47 Young Indigenous Achievement Award was a wonderful acknowledgement of my achievements. I have received a lot of positive feedback from a wide-variety of people regarding the award. Winning the award was a significant acknowledgement from my peers and fellow Aboriginal community members of the hard-work I have undertaken. Upon reflection, it is nice that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are acknowledged independently in their own category. The award goes some way to challenging the negative discourse and stereotypes regarding Indigenous people in Australia.

I would like to thank all the sponsors of the Tasmanian young achievement awards, especially Colony47."

Jacob Prehn
2017 Colony 47 Young Indigenous Achievement Award Winner

 

"Being recognised as a young achiever is a truly gratifying event for someone such as myself, having worked for so long towards a goal I often viewed as a pipe dream. Through playing music and touring the world I've had the chance to grow and understand myself, and what matters to me. I believe that anyone with any sort of platform big or small has a duty to help others. I'm extremely humbled and grateful to be able to do so, and being recognised as a young achiever only aides this drive."

Tyler Richardson
2017 The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award Winner

 

When I found out that I was nominated for this award I felt so proud. As a young girl I would have never thought I would be nominated, let alone win an award as prestigious as the Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year. Since relocating to Brisbane to further my swimming career, it makes me feel so special that I still get recognition from Tasmania for my achievements, it is like I’m connected to Tassie even though I don’t live there anymore. Since the awards, I raced at the Australian Swimming Championships where I became national champion for the first time in the 400 and 800 metre freestyles, breaking both national age group records and earnt selection onto the Australian Team for the World Championships. I then travelled overseas to Europe during July and August for seven weeks for the World Championships. I had three training camps across France and The Netherlands, before racing at the main event in Budapest. I came away with 4th in the 400 freestyle and a bronze medal in the 4x200 freestyle relay. I learnt so much and can’t wait to put it into my training and racing prep leading into the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast where I hope to be selected. I wish all the nominees for this year’s awards the best of luck and to enjoy the awards night!"

Ariarne Titmus
2017 Motors Group Tasmania Sports Award Winner

 

"Being a-part of the Tasmanian Young Achievers Awards was an extremely rewarding and humbling experience. Attending the Tasmanian Young Achiever Gala Dinner, was a night that I will not forget. Being announced the winner of the University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award and having the opportunity to speak and share my passion and advocacy for at-risk and disengaged children and young people with other inspiring young Tasmanians, established guests and my own family and friends was one that will be hard to beat. The award was fantastic recognition of not only myself but the schools and individuals that I work with and the students that make all of the tireless work worth it."

Caitlin Cashion
2017 UTAS Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award Winner

 

"Winning the 2016 Premiers Young Achiever of the Year Award was for me, amazing, yet sad at the same time. I have been fortunate enough to have been recognised a couple times now in regards to my work with SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY. And each time this happens, I am left with both excitement, but also with great sadness.

I love being recognised, and it is the greatest feeling to know that all of the hard work over the years has been noticed, and that you are making a difference. But when the dust settles, comes the realisation of why I have been handed such special award. I realise that I lost my younger brother to suicide and that I have a huge hole in my heart because of that. But life will sadly, always now be like that. So, therefore, I will take amazing awards such as this, and power forward with them to continue raising awareness.
This award has put our charity in the minds of many more Tasmanians. And if this is helping and encouraging more of us to speak when we are going through a difficult time, then that is an outcome that I am truly grateful for.
I would encourage people to nominate those making a positive difference in your community. Because for people to be recognised for hard work just like I was, is one of the greatest motivators out there."

Mitch McPherson
2016 Premier's Young Achiever of the Year
2016 St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities Award Winner

 

"Winning a Tasmanian Young Achievers award was a huge honour. When working towards any goal, so much of the hard work goes unnoticed so it is really nice to have the opportunity to be recognized at these awards for everything that has helped you achieve your goals. I got a huge boost of confidence and motivation after finding out I had won the award last year, knowing that I had all these people supporting me was a great feeling. A feeling that I can take with me into the future and grow on as I continue my journey in my sport."
Jacob Birtwhistle
2016 Motors Tasmania Sports Award Winner

 

"I feel incredibly honoured to receive the 2016 Tasmanian Young Achiever Award for Service to the Disability Sector. Meeting so many inspiring people and hearing their stories on the awards night was truly amazing.

Whilst the voluntary work I have done for Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania was never done in the hope of recognition, receiving this award has enabled me to raise even more awareness and funds. I have since completed numerous media interviews and have recently been appointed Ambassador of Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania. I am really excited to continue supporting the Tasmanian cystic fibrosis community and do everything I can to improve the quality of life for people living with cystic fibrosis including my daughter"

Carrie Leppard
2016 TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award Winner

 

"I found the experience of being part of the awards incredibly rewarding. It was a great privilege to be recognised for the arts amongst such a talented and hard working group of young people. Being recognised in this way affirms that you are on the right path and the years of hard work are appreciated. The awards also created an opportunity to meet contacts both within my field and many others. This experience has confirmed in my mind that the pursuit of creating training opportunities for jewellers and in specialist areas of jewellery manufacturing is the right path for me and will help create positive change in the industry."

Halina Kaufman
2016 The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award Winner

 

"Participating in the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards program was an amazing journey. Being mentioned in the same breath as the other category winners was a truly humbling experience. Receiving this award was fantastic recognition for the St.Paul's, St.Therese's and Tasmanian Track and Field communities that I am so lucky to be a part of. This award has given me the opportunity to work with early career teachers and mentor undergraduate students from the education faculty at the University of Tasmania."

Samuel Morey
2016 UTAS Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award Winner

 

“It was surreal having a whole room of people clapping for the things you do. For most of us I think our work is just what we do out of love every day and it's a wonderful feeling for that to be acknowledged. It makes it all feel real. You can really look back and see how far you have come until that moment. For me it was an affirmation of what I do. Some days you get stuck filling out forms or doing parts of the job that seem like you're getting nowhere. The awards helped me to step back and see the entire picture, where we have come from, where we are now but also where we're going. I hope other young people see the category finalists and winners and that it will inspire them to put themselves forward or to start pursuing something they are passionate about. Since the awards I have held launch events for my two initiatives, been invited to speak both here and interstate and have just been put on the speaker line up for a conference at the end of the year. I have also continued to plug away at the projects and push though some big wine and pieces of work. It's been an incredible time! My plans are to set some bolder goals for The Last Straw and Global Partners for Change, do really well in study this semester and just spend the next couple of years kicking some real goals.”

Eva MacKinley
2016 Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service Award Winner