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Scouts SA celebrates our 4th year of sponsorship of these awards through the Scouts SA Leadership Award


Scouts SA have been proudly involved for 5 years in these fantastic youth advocacy awards, celebrating the achievements of young South Australians in 12 areas of endeavour.
Our CEO, Dan Ryan was invited to be on the judging panel in the 2015 awards. It was a "no brainer" that  the leading youth organisation in South Australia, with a strategic goal to advocate for youth, must definitely be part of these awards. It was in 2016 that the Scouts SA Leadership Award was born. We have proudly sponsored this prestigious award for 4 years now.
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 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".
More than 60 young South Australians are nominated each year in this award, with 446 nominated across the 12 award categories just this year.
Following our involvement, Scouts NSW has recently taken up sponsorship of the awards in NSW.
The finalists of the 2019 Seven News Young Achiever Awards were announced on the 18th March.
Congratulations to all the 107 semi finalists and the 37 finalists, across the 12 award categories, especially to our SA Scouts;
  • Mark Neville Franklin, Venturer at Camden Park. Finalist in the University Senior College Create Change Award and a Semi Finalist in the Scouts SA Leadership Award.
  • Caitlin Polack, Assistant Scout Leader Renmark and HAVAC Rover. Semi Finalist in the Santos Regional Service Award.
Congratulations to the finalists in our 2019 Scouts SA Leadership Award;
  • Aimee Brownbill
  • Kelsey Piltz
  • Sam Weavers

All Finalists are listed on the Seven News Young Achiever Facebook Page here


2019 Finalists


Aimee Brownbill


Aimee Brownbill, 26 of Adelaide has been tirelessly raising awareness and advocating for free vaccinations. In 2014, her son Riley contracted Meningococcal B and spent over seven months in the Women's and Children's Hospital and had 4 limbs amputated. Amy has consistently lobbied for free vaccinations for children in South Australia and has been proactive in raising awareness about Meningococcal B. She used mainstream media and social media platforms to share Riley's story and their experience as a family. Amy was invited by the Health Minister to attend the press announcement of the free vaccinations for under five year olds this year.



 Kelsey Piltz


Kelsey Piltz, 24 of Broadview is a leader in Australian Lacrosse. She plays, coaches at multiple clubs, coached the U15 boys State team, and has represented Australia in an Asia Pacific competition. Kelsey is the co-ordinator of junior Lacrosse at two separate clubs, sourcing coaches, managers, uniforms and equipment. She umpires, runs school clinics and is a role model for young Lacrosse players and all young women in sport. Kelsey’s leadership and the 'delivery of training' learnings through her physical education studies, has seen her reshape training to a vastly improved and more engaging level in the 10 junior teams she has worked with.


Sam Weavers


 Sam Weavers, 11 of Dernancourt is the founder of Sam’s Popcorn, a successful online business selling and delivering flavoured popcorn to customers all over Australia. Sam created a fundraising program called Kids4Kids, giving students an opportunity to help children with cancer, by selling Sam’s Popcorn with the profits going to the Childhood Cancer Association. In 2018, Sam was awarded the Fred Hollows Humanity Award and was announced as the Junior Ambassador for South Australia for his selfless charity work. Sam gives presentations to inspire and motivate people in businesses, networking groups and school students about how they can make a difference in the community.



The previous winners of the Scouts SA Leadership Award were;


2018 - Winner Lauren Heddle

Lauren Heddle, 17 of Upper Sturt runs workshops for school kids at Urrbrae Wetlands, the Botanic Gardens and on World Environment Day. She has been helping run Urrbrae Wetland Open Days for ten years. Lauren has worked at the Royal Adelaide Show’s Agriculture Centre, supervising children’s interactions with animals and training new staff. She has volunteered to clean up Belair National Park and Warrawong. She coaches and umpires netball.


2018 Runner Ups were;


Aidan Barry 

 Aidan Barry, 20 of Marion has played golf since he was eight and captains the No Handicap Golf Club. He completed high school despite serious medical issues, now studying a Bachelor of Teaching. Aidan’s disabilities have not prevented him from winning the Gary Hart Memorial Golf Trophy and being invited to the US Open. He has spoken about the importance of social inclusion for the disabled at three Novita fundraising events


 Ben Rowe


Ben Rowe, 28 of Sefton Park is a youth pastor with a Bachelor of Intercultural Studies. He runs the Streetlight program with volunteers from half a dozen churches. Every Thursday the project provides a community space at Elizabeth Shopping Centre for over a hundred youths. 70% of participants return and the centre has seen a reduction in theft and violence since the programs launch. Ben has secured a Major Project Grant from Playford Council for the project.


2017 -Winner Elisabeth Beltrame


 Elisabeth Beltrame, 28 of Marleston has been an active leader in Rotary International for over eight years and facilitates the Rotary Youth Leadership and Enrichment Programs. In 2012, Elisabeth established the Adelaide City Rotaract Club for 18-30 year old's. Last year, she became the youngest President in the District. She has brought to her club fresh ideas and young members with a focus on fundraising for youth and women in developing countries and empowering women through education.


2017 Runner ups


Liam Goodrich


Liam Goodrich, 19 of Andrews Farm has volunteered for many organisations working with mental health, homelessness and domestic violence issues. In 2015, Liam became the South Australian advocate for "DVINA Domestic Violence Is Never Acceptable”. He was the key speaker for a White Ribbon fundraiser, raising awareness on domestic violence within gay and lesbian relationships. He is a member of the City of Playford Youth Advisory Committee YAC and the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia. Liam is running for Council in 2018.



Maddi Hegarty 



Maddi Hegarty, 18 of Greenock was a student mentor with the Youth Environment Council of SA for three years. She was a keynote speaker at the 2016 Australian Association for Environmental Education Conference and received a KESAB award for “outstanding contribution to school community education”. Maddie has led many environmental and humanitarian projects, including volunteering in Cambodia and the World Vision Australia 40 Hour Famine: World Vision Australia. She has received many awards including a 2016 Australian Defence Force Academy Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award. 



2016 - Winner Callum Pope


Callum Pope, 18 of Rostrevor was a participant just three years ago with The Operation Flinders Foundation, a wilderness adventure program for young offenders and young people at risk. After successfully completing three training weekends, Callum progressed to become a Peer Group Mentor. Staff at the Foundation describe him as “a great mentor, role model and a leader.” Callum volunteers, assists with school drama productions, and balances his schooling with caring for his father who has Cerebral Palsy. Callum has applied to join the Army to further develop his leadership skills… Congratulations Callum Pope

2016 Runners Up were;

Nick Banks


Nicholas Banks, 22 of Westbourne Park was named one of the three most outstanding Scouts in the Asia-Pacific region and has been a member of the South Australian Youth Parliament. Nicholas was awarded a SACE Commendation by the Governor of South Australia and the Charles Hawker Scholarship with residency at St Mark's College, whilst studying at the University of Adelaide. In 2012, Nicholas returned to Africa supporting The Kalahari Experience, an ongoing project improving education and health in remote southern Africa. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce and International Studies… Congratulations Nick Banks


Mercedes Page


Mercedes Page, 25 of Underdale is the founder and CEO of Young Australians in International Affairs. The organisation is a not-for profit think-tank committed to fostering the next generation of Australian leadership in international affairs. Since launching in 2014, they now have 5 branches and 40 volunteers across Australia running 70 events from roundtable discussions, young professionals networking events and skill-building sessions. Mercedes is recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper and in 2015 was named one of Australia’s Top 50 Young Social Pioneers… Congratulations Mercedes Page


 Arun Thomas

Arun Thomas, 26 of Enfield completed Degrees in Commerce and Nursing, and as President of the UniSA Student Association, where he has Honorary Life membership, he created 20 new jobs for students, and a new board position in the organization to represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Arun is the youngest person to earn the title of Adjunct Clinical Associate with the UniSA Division of Health Sciences. Arun has been appointed to the Australian Red Cross SA Advisory Board and Director of Carrington Cottages Management Inc., securing $1.4m in funding to create 10 new beds for homeless persons in Adelaide… Congratulations Arun Thomas