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Seven young women have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to the Tasmanian community at the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards 2018.
“Be inspired” was an apt theme for the 2018 Awards. All the nominees are inspiring role models of the skills, talent, dedication and commitment to the community of many young Tasmanians from all walks of life.
The Young Achiever Awards provide an excellent platform to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young Tasmanians across a diverse range of fields.
Congratulations especially to Kirby Medcraft who is this year’s recipient of the Premier's Young Achiever of the Year Award.
Kirby also won the University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award.
Kirby, 29, of Lutana, is the Assistant Principal at Windermere Primary School and has brought about significant change, particularly in regards to family engagement. Her K-2 ‘Counting Bags’ take home Maths activities had 100 per cent involvement from families, and the ‘Bedtime Stories’ afternoon saw over 200 parents attend school to read with their child.
Stephanie Eslake, 27, of Sandy Bay, has both media and music degrees. She founded ‘CutCommon’, Australia's online publication for young classical musicians and was shortlisted in the 2017 NEXT Innovation Award. Stephanie has written program notes for Symphony Orchestras and hosted radio programs. She is the sub-editor for Warp Magazine and Undertow Magazine and co-editor and publications mentor for Platform Magazine. Stephanie was 2017 Young Citizen of the Year for her artistic contribution.
The Little Help Project during her first year studying medicine. The Project tackles mental health issue and empowers young people. The not-for-profit has 25 volunteers and has helped 8,000 Tasmanians build resilience and self-esteem. Olivia oversees self-defence andfounded
Nadine Ozols, 29, of Bicheno, has worked in the health and aged care sector for 10 years and is currently the Public Relations and Development Manager working across May Shaw Health Centre and Aged Care Deloraine. She has facilitated health and wellbeing programs such as Guided Relaxation Sessions, Women’s Health Days and Youth Health Days. Nadine is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program for high potential leaders and has volunteered an estimated 800 hours.
Tara Howell, 27 of Launceston founded Blue Derby Pods Ride a three-day, soft-adventure mountain biking experience in Derby. The guests indulge in Tasmanian food and wine, and stay in unique, architecturally designed accommodation pods. Tara created a tourism development plan and received a $500,000 grant. She has a 50-year lease on land in Derby Regional Reserve where the infrastructure has been built. Blue Derby is in its third year of operation, with four employees.
Madeleine Fasnacht, 18, of Blackmans Bay, was the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games Closing Ceremony Flag Bearer and named the 2017 Australian Junior Cyclist. She was placed first at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Individual Time Trial and 3rd at the World Junior Road Championship. She won the 2017 Junior Oceania Road Championships and was 3rd at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Madeleine recently achieved bronze for the under-19s women’s time trial at the World Championships.
Madelena Andersen-Ward, 26, of Margate, has a Bachelor of Music and is a singer and songwriter. She is actively engaged in the indigenous community through community performances and festivals. She is promotes education to Indigenous youth and has spoken on radio and at schools. Madelena mentored young musicians in the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme. She is currently of one of the seven contemporary voice roles in a new musical and visual project called A Tasmanian Requiem.
The Tasmanian male young achievers were:
Congratulations to all finalists and winners for their many achievements.