Two Baldivis youth recognised at WA Young Achiever Awards

Youth Minister Peter Tinley with Baldivis girl Hannah-Jade Keppler
Youth Minister Peter Tinley with Baldivis girl Hannah-Jade Keppler

TWO Baldivis locals were up against a strong field at the WA Young Achiever Awards on May 25.

Held at the Pan Pacific Hotel’s Golden Ballroom in Perth, young people were treated to a lavish event for their collective brilliance.

The awards are supported by the State Government, run by Awards Australia, and recognise and reward young people, up to 29 years old, who make outstanding contributions in their chosen fields of endeavour and their community.

Baldivis girl Hannah-Jade Keppler opened the evening with a song.

The 13-year-old was a nominee due to her artistic talents in singing, writing and acting.

She wrote her first musical at 11 and today has a publishing contract with Picardie Press and a mentorship with Rockingham author Kez Wickham St George.

Hannah-Jade has adapted and is directing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Finalist in the sports award was 25-year-old Mark Daniels.

The inspirational athlete lost his leg above the knee in a motorbike accident but chose not to let it get the better of him.

He never gave up re-learning how to walk and run, and made his debut at the Para-triathlon at the Oceania Championship, were he placed in third spot.

He qualified for the Para-triathlon World Cup and is training for the 2020 Paralympics.

He is the first Australian lower-limb amputee to compete in the Spartan Races full trifecta weekend.

Youth Minister Peter Tinley said all finalists and award winners gave him hope for the state’s future.

“I congratulate all the finalists and winners of the WA Young Achiever Awards,” he said

“The example they set to their peers is important, as is the contribution they have made to their communities and the contribution that we all hope they will continue to make.

“Young Western Australians have enormous potential to bring about positive change and it is our responsibility to support and encourage young people to reach their potential.

“I look forward to seeing how our future is shaped and influenced by young Western Australians and I urge all young people to pursue their dreams and accomplish their goals.”

Winners are chosen from nine categories with the overall WA Young Achiever of the Year selected from the category winners.

This year’s overall winner was Jilen Patel (29), of Sorrento, for his work in paediatric dentistry.

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