Three Rockingham kids acknowledged at AJ Diamond Club Bravery Awards

Left to right: Mitch Crowden, TJ Howell, Sam Switkowski, Nate Abbey, Adam Cerra and Lucas Graziani.
Left to right: Mitch Crowden, TJ Howell, Sam Switkowski, Nate Abbey, Adam Cerra and Lucas Graziani.

THREE Rockingham residents were among 10 brave young people acknowledged by the Fremantle Dockers at the annual AJ Diamond Club Bravery Awards on July 13.

Baldivis resident Lucas Graziani, Secret Harbour resident Nate Abbey and Warnbro resident Tawhiri (TJ) Howell, aged from three to 16, were recognised for courage and spirit they showed during treatment at Fiona Stanley and Rockingham General hospitals during in the past 12 months.

Fremantle’s newest recruits, Adam Cerra, Andy Brayshaw, Hugh Dixon, Tom North, Lloyd Meek, Sam Switkowski, Scott Jones, Bailey Banfield and Stefan Giro, shared the stories of each young award recipient before presenting a gold medallion and gift.

South Metropolitan Health Service chief executive Paul Forden said the youngest patients of Fiona Stanley and Rockingham hospitals were by far the bravest, most courageous and determined during their treatment.

“Our staff take great pride in nominating children and young adults who have been treated at our hospitals for these awards as they see first-hand what these kids go through and how they faced up to surgery, pain and being away from home,” he said.

During his speech, Mr Forden also acknowledged the families of each award recipient who attended.

“I’d also like to mention the mums, dads, siblings and grandparents who probably should get an award as well. Loved ones and carers play such an important role in the care and recovery of our patients,” he said.

After the awards, the kids were given free rein of the pool and waterslides at Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre, with the players sticking around to enjoy the fun.