2018 Channel 9 Young Achiever Award Finalists

The Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards has been in existence since 1988, with the purpose of acknowledging, encouraging and promoting the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age. The Young Achiever Awards aim to encourage nominees’ energies, talents and creativity, which set a positive example to others.

The following four nominees have been announced as Finalists in the University Senior College Create Change Award.

Tabby Ryan, 25 of Clearview is passionate about helping the underprivileged. With health and education degrees she uses her expertise developing health and youth leadership programs in remote communities in Kenya, Uganda, India and Cambodia. Locally, her outreach has included tutoring migrants, running youth groups and engaging youth through sports. Tabby regularly campaigns to fund education, food, and healthcare programs, recently raising over $120,000 on an ongoing annual basis through child sponsorship.

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. He has worked on social enterprise startups; OrientAbroad and AsiaOptions to entice more international students and connect Australia’s future leaders with engagement opportunities in Asia. He is the Indonesian Director of Same Skies, providing education and other services to refugee children.

Caleb Sweeting, 21 of Osborne is the creator of Yewth, an Adelaide-based print magazine, online publication and video blog covering music, art and culture with a strong focus on supporting local talent and initiatives. Caleb self-published the first issue during Year 12 and Yewth is now a professional 80 page tri-annual magazine with over 4,000 copies printed. Caleb has helped young artists curate gigs and exhibitions and speaks at workshops for aspiring writers.

Stephany Martin, 24 of Campbelltown joined Rotary when she was 18 after attending a week long residential Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp. Moving to Adelaide to study, Stephany wanted to ‘bring the camp to the country’ so she started a new leadership camp for 14-17 year olds in rural areas. Stephany was the District Rotaract and Interact Chair for 2016 and 17. She is the current District Committee Chair for Rotary’s Youth Leadership and Enrichment programs.

The Finalists will be presented and Winners announced at an Awards Gala Presentation Dinner to be held at Hilton Adelaide on Friday evening, 11th May. Great prizes are up for grabs with each category winner receiving a $1,000 Award prize courtesy of Axsys, along with a $1,000 Bartercard account and a magnificent trophy.

One of the twelve category winners will be chosen as the 2018 Premier’s Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year and will receive a State trophy, a further $2,000 from Axsys and an additional $1,000 Bartercard account, plus a Hilton Hotels holiday package provided by Hilton Adelaide.

All Finalists are also part of the People’s Choice Award presented by Fresh 92.7, which is run through the Facebook page; “Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards”. The winner will be announced at the Awards Gala Presentation Dinner and will receive an amazing prize pack from Blaax Watches…plus you can win your own prize pack from Blaax Watches by simply submitting a vote.

Congratulations and good luck to Tabby, Thomas, Caleb and Stephany.


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