Victoria Park student wins Dr Lindsay Spiers Memorial Prize

UWA Professor Tony O'Donnell, award winner Adrian Borthwick and Gail Spiers.
UWA Professor Tony O'Donnell, award winner Adrian Borthwick and Gail Spiers.

A VICTORIA Park resident was the inaugural winner of a prize honouring a local vet by achieving the highest course mark of a Bachelor of Science course.

Adrian Borthwick received the Dr Lindsay Spiers Memorial Prize and $1500 for his top weighted average mark in first year science at UWA.

“I’ve always been interested in science from a very young age,” Mr Borthwick said.

“I’m studying Chemistry and Economics and I’m just exploring my options in university.

“The money will go towards my studies, maybe to help for a masters or a post-grad.”

Myrtle Spiers established the prize in honour of her late husband, Dr Lindsey William Spiers, a veterinary surgeon in East Victoria Park and South Perth.

Mr Borthwick met the Spiers family at the Science Faculty Awards Breakfast held at the UWA Club on Tuesday, May 15.

The former Ursula Frayne Catholic College student said while he was happy to win the prize, he remained unsure of what career path to take.

“I still don’t know whether to pursue science or economics but if you have a dream, don’t let anyone hold you back and just go for it,” he said.

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