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FAMILY, YOUTH AND CHILDREN
Samuel Romeril: Leadership in Sport Award
At 15, Samuel is an amazing leader and is
vice-captain of his under-16 senior football team.
His leadership extends beyond his on-field abilities,
as Samuel often volunteers as a runner for other
teams, steps in when umpires are not available,
and assists the under-12 reserves coach during
Mikaela Wallace: Performing Arts Award
A student of the University of Ballarat's Theatre
Arts course, Mikaela performs, writes, directs and
produces plays in the Ballarat region. A testimony
to her growing audience, Mikaela's original piece,
Book of Face, was offered a place in the Melbourne
Comedy Festival 2013.
Sean Weir: Young Entrepreneur Award
Sean completed a Certificate III and IV in Fitness
while also doing studying for the VCE. He began
working in gyms and has developed his own
personal training business. Sean has created
an affordable program called 'Ballarat's Biggest
Loser' which helped many individuals in the local
Thomas Williams: Music Award
At 14 years of age, Thomas is a musician who
writes his own classical music, basing his style
on Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Rachmaninov.
A naturally talented musician, Thomas works on
acquiring new playing techniques and plays at
school and local events.
Challenge and Change Award
Daniel has overcome some challenging
situations in his younger years, resulting in
difficulty at school and self-esteem issues.
Daniel showed initiative, enrolling in a pre-
apprenticeship course, and due to his hard
work and determination he successfully gained
a plumbing apprenticeship. Despite having left
school at a young age, Daniel is now successfully
completing his final year of trade school.
Rode RAGE: Eco Warrior
Continuing its long history of raising awareness
of everyday solutions to reducing greenhouse
emissions available to everyday people...every
day, Rode RAGE works in partnership with Ballarat
businesses to collect organic waste, which would
otherwise have gone to landfill, producing methane
and other greenhouse gases. Despite being robbed
of tools and equipment twice this year, Rode RAGE
has designed and constructed its own energy
Learning2Lead: Group Project Award
Established in 2011, Learning2Lead is a group
of 20 indigenous teens learning about culture,
developing their leadership skills and engaging
the wider community. In addition to volunteering
their services during Drug Action Week, the
group ran multiple events during NAIDOC
Week, including a Koorie Youth Forum, a hip
hop music event, and the "Past Present Future"
event, celebrating Indigenous culture.
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