- Youth Minister hails achievements of award winners
- Young Achiever Award winner is chosen from winners of nine different categories
Young Western Australians and their contributions to their respective communities and fields of endeavour were celebrated at the WA Young Achiever Awards tonight.
A glittering crowd made up of Commonwealth, State and local government representatives, leading business, community and media personalities, the award nominees and their families were expected to pack the Pan Pacific's Golden Ballroom for the festivities.
The WA Young Achiever Awards, supported by the State Government and run by Awards Australia, recognise and reward young people, up to 29 years old, who make outstanding contributions in their chosen fields of endeavour and their community.
The finalists are recognised in nine categories including Sports, Community Service and Volunteering, Agriculture, Online Achievement, Leadership, Innovation, Environment and Sustainability, Regional Service and Youth Group Achievement.
The overall WA Young Achiever of the Year is selected from the category winners.
Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley:
"I congratulate all the finalists and winners of the WA Young Achiever Awards.
"The example they set to their peers is important, as is the contribution they have made to their communities and the contribution that we all hope they will continue to make.
"Young Western Australians have enormous potential to bring about positive change and it is our responsibility to support and encourage young people to reach their potential.
"I look forward to seeing how our future is shaped and influenced by young Western Australians and I urge all young people to pursue their dreams and accomplish their goals."
Minister's office - 6552 5300
Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year (overall winner)
Jilen Patel, 29 of Sorrento
The nine category winners are:
Brianna Throssell, 22 of City Beach - Surge Fitness Sports Award
Jilen Patel, 29 of Sorrento - Masonic Care WA/Freemasons WA Community Service and Volunteering Award
Daisy Goodwin, 23 of Broome - WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award
ACE Tutors, 23 of Nedlands - The Diamond Club Online Achievement Award
Krista Dunstan, 28 of Bayswater - Catholic Education Western Australia Young Leadership Award
Briege Whitehead, 27 of Karrinyup - First National Real Estate Innovation Award
Jason Pitman, 27 of Gosnells - Scott Print Environment and Sustainability Award
Joella Ashwin, 26 of Wiluna - Royal Flying Doctor Service Regional Service Award
Willetton Senior High School Interact Club - Woolworths Youth Group Achievement Award