HIGH school student, burgeoning hockey star, and now the Lions Youth of the Year; there is not much Riley Faulds cannot do.
The 17-year-old CBC Fremantle student, who was the sole WA representative, earned the honour at Monday’s Lions Youth of the Year finals.
More than 2000 applicants from throughout Australia started in the competitive five-stage contest, with Riley making his way through the competition as he excelled in academic, leadership, sporting and public speaking skills, focusing on issues affecting young people now and in the future.
Lions Australia chief executive Rob Oerlemans said it was important to give youth a platform to air their opinions.
“It’s no surprise that issues such as domestic violence, education, Indigenous rights and women in technology and science have dominated the topics for the final stage of the competition this year,” he said.
“By encouraging youth to air their opinions we hope to instil a sense of leadership in all applicants and encourage them to go onto to high profile careers which help to inform the youth policies of the future.”
He was the second local winner in three years, with Fremantle’s Jordan Michael Green named the national winner in 2014.
Riley was awarded a trip to a destination of his choosing, plus $1000 spending money.