Joondanna teen filmmaker named WA Young Achiever of the Year

Joondanna resident Radheya Jegatheva (18) has had his short film Irony win international awards and is heading to Japan for a film festival at the end of November. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d475749
Joondanna resident Radheya Jegatheva (18) has had his short film Irony win international awards and is heading to Japan for a film festival at the end of November. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d475749

JOONDANNA teenager Radheya Jegatheva has been named the WA Young Achiever of the Year.

The 18-year-old was given the honour at the WA Young Achiever Awards held on Saturday.

Jegatheva first won the arts and fashion category before taking out the ultimate accolade.

The former Perth Modern School student is a filmmaker, artist, poet and writer, who has had his films screened at more than 300 film festivals around the world.

His short films Journey and iRony have won more than 130 film awards, with the latter based on an award-winning poem Jegatheva wrote.

His triathlete brother Rahul (16) was a finalist in the sports award, which was won by Fremantle Dockers Women’s AFL player Kara Donellan.

Innaloo’s Jordan Foster won the small business achiever award, recognising his efforts as founder of cyber safety education provider ySafe.

Jegatheva won a $2000 Bartercard account, $1000 cash and a trophy.