The purpose of the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards is to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age each year.
Scouts SA is now in our 3rd year of proudly sponsoring the Scouts SA Leadership Award.
Tenacity, dedication, passion, selflessness and confidence are the key qualities of those amazing young people who are the “leaders” and driving force in our communities. These young people are at the forefront of community contribution in their work or field of endeavour.
They may have implemented active change or positive outcomes within their group, business or organisation, altering the way people think and perform for the better. They may be leading and driving those around them on a journey of achievement or improvement. They will have achieved excellent outcomes and raised pride in the community and our state.
The Scouts SA Youth Leadership Award acknowledges young people who set an example through their leadership and drive, paving the way for others to follow. This can be in any field of life enhancing endeavour, including socially, spiritually or in the sense of good citizenship.
Lauren Heddle (L) was presented with the Scouts SA Leadership Award by Harry Long (R), Chief Commissioner of Scouts SA.
The winner of the Scouts SA Leadership Award was announced at the Gala Presentation Dinner on May 11.
We are pleased to advise, that the winner of our leadership award is Lauren Heddle, 17 of Upper Sturt.
Lauren has proven leadership skills across several areas of her life. In Lauren’s words “Since primary school, I have been improving the environment and conservation. I was Junior Primary Project Officer in the Student Council then Youth Environment Council. At High School as club leader, I have propagated native species.
In Kids Teaching Kids I am increasing environmental knowledge and interest with young people. I have worked on conservation activities in national parks and contributed to a database of aquatic macroinvertebrates on a River Murray system wetland. I have been involved with Netball initially as captain of various teams and then as a coach and umpire inspiring players and increasing participation in the sport. I have been involved with Peer Leadership, Trails and Agriculture Learning Centre programs.”
Our Chief Commissioner made the presentations of the “Scouts Leadership Award” and spoke to the Hilton Ballroom capacity audience of 520 guests about Scouting and our role in the development of young people. Click on the video below to watch the presentation of the Scouts SA Leadership Award.
The Overall winner of the Channel 9 young Achiever Award was Jordan Gruber, 25 of Seacliff.
Jordan’s business, Frontier Microscopy, uses knowledge of robotics and artificial intelligence to build asbestos monitoring software. This software saves lives during demolition activities. He left his defence industry engineering role to pitch his idea to over 30 investors and founded Frontier Microscopy. Jordan has raised $400,000 in grants and investments, employing three engineers. He mentors early stage start-ups and has presented at the World Congress on Safety and Health in the Workplace.
Other Award Categories and Winners were;
·Human Services SA Aboriginal Achievement Award.
Christine Glenn, 29 of Elizabeth North is the founder of the Kaleteeya Netball Club. She now manages several teams and 200 members. She is the co-creator and vice-president of the SA Aboriginal Junior Football Carnival.
·Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award
Mimona Abdalla, 19 of Salisbury East, migrated to Australia at a young age, whilst learning English and overcoming racism. Mimona’s experiences motivated her to found Women of MYSA and co-organise last year’s Miss Africa Event.
·Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award
Sarah Hammond, 24 of Echunga is founder and CEO of Kids Arthritis, Australia’s first organisation dedicated to Juvenile Arthritis.
·Santos Regional Service Award
Emily Rawlings, 18 of Whyalla is a talented musician and her community radio’s youngest show host.
·The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
Daniel Thorpe, 26 of Bowden is a composer and performer who is influenced by everything from queer punk to multi-instrumental improvisation. In 2016, Dan played over thirty shows and festivals, spanning Australia, the US and Brazil.
·The University of Adelaide - STEM Award
Franke Agenbag, 18 of Marananga studies Electrical and Mechatronic Engineering. She was named Gawler’s Young Citizen of the Year and voted Rural Ambassador twice. Franke works with her local Zonta club to attract women to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
·University Senior College Create Change Award
Thomas Brown, 26 of Mylor is passionate about education, international development and Asia-Australia relations. Living between Adelaide and Indonesia, he is co-founder of the Australia Indonesia Youth Association and the Jakarta Development Network.
·Websters Lawyers Service to the Community Award
Kira Bain, 20 of Ingle Farm is a young Ngarrindjeri woman working to revitalise the language of the Adelaide Plains. She teaches Kaurna throughout schools and has supported at risk young Aboriginals as a Youth and Community Mentor
·Worldwide Norwood Sports Award
Kurtis Marschall, 20 of Happy Valley is Australia’s junior pole vault record holder.
·First National Innovation Award
Lachlan Etherton, 16 of Greenwith is passionate about computer programming and coding. He developed a device to encourage children to exercise with a ‘contact parents’ feature if feeling unsafe.
·WFI Small Business Achiever Award
Jordan Gruber, the overall winner
Congratulations to these outstanding young South Australians!