The 2017 Young Achiever Awards were presented by the Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor Victoria on a beautiful sunny day on the 35th floor of the Sofitel Wednesday 10th May with more than 100 members and friends attending.
Chairperson Iqbal Reta and the Young Achiever selection team should be proud and congratulated on the three wonderful examples of Generation Z they have recognised. The Governor spoke on the promise and great work this Generation actually does in our Community.
Here’s a little about them:
Larrissa Miller is a Women's Artistic Gymnast who specialises in the Uneven Bars, and Floor Exercise. She started in the sport when she was five years old at Moranbah Gymnastics Club and was later affiliated with the Mackay Gymnastics Club. In 2012, she received a scholarship with the Queensland Academy of Sport.
She made her Australian Senior National Championship debut in 2008, and went on to compete at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She also performed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 World Championships.
As a member of the 2012 Australian National Team she was one of 12 Australian gymnasts vying to earn a final spot on the Olympic Team at a training camp held at the Australian Institute of Sport. She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in Women's Artistic Gymnastics where she competed in the Women's Team Event, Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise.
After taking a year off, Miller returned to gymnastics and joined Waverley Gymnastics Centre in Melbourne, Victoria. In 2016, Larrissa was selected as the sole Australian representative in Women’s Gymnastics for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Larrissa is a role model for some 1400 children at the Waverley Gymnastics Centre and aspiring gymnasts and across Australia. Overcoming injury, returning to the sport after a 12 month break and publicly sharing her personal challenges with family violence, demonstrates her capacity to rise above obstacles and maintain her focus. These traits inspire younger elite gymnasts to pursue their Olympic dreams.
She is an advocate & ambassador for Bravehearts Inc. She was also selected for Channel 9's Ninja Warrior TV show (this has not be aired as yet).
Kate Clements is studying for her Law degree at Deakin University has been exceptional. Recently she was awarded Tertiary Academic Excellence Award. In addition to her studies, her commitment to Koala Kids charity within community is outstanding.
Kate was awarded Koala Kids Foundation’s volunteer of the year 2016 in recognition of her outstanding effort in establishing and driving the young adult committee and for her enthusiastic and passionate commitment to support children and young people undergoing cancer treatment.
The award honours outstanding volunteers for the work they have done and continue to do for Koala Kids Foundation. Kate’s ability to study overseas in the lead up to the event and remain in regular contact with the committee and on top of every aspect of the event was exemplary.
Kate is an outstanding individual. Beyond study and charity, Kate is a well-rounded young lady with her love of theatre, literature and the arts in general.
Jasmine Isobe is an honours graduate from the University of Melbourne, where she undertook a thesis in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics with a focus on linguistic constructions of agency and subjectivity regarding the topic of violence against women. She achieved a high distinction. She is currently working as a research assistant at the University of Melbourne, and also co-chairs the Skyline Alumni Association Committee. Skyline Education Foundation is a not-for-profit, non-government educational body, providing bursaries to assist young Victorians throughout their last two years of secondary education in State High Schools. The program in its present form has been in operation for the last 10 years and now has 125 alumni, coming from disadvantaged family backgrounds, who have demonstrated talent and the capacity to undertake and complete tertiary education. Jasmin has always been strongly engaged with her peers and has contributed her many talents to assist Skyline in building its profile and working towards an engaged alumni presence and network. In a sense, Jasmin is giving back, as she herself was sponsored in her studies by the Skyline Education Foundation.