Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards

"Since winning the Santos Regional Service Award and being named the Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year, the spotlight that I had, gave me an opportunity to connect and network with government agencies, businesses and communities throughout South Australia as an important contact and resource relating to issues concerning Aboriginal youth. I also had been approached and was offered an opportunity of employment to further working to engage with Aboriginal communities in SA for a Government Department.

Not only had the Awards recognised my outstanding achievements, but it also driven me to carry on my dedication and passion to engage not only with young Aboriginal people, but young people in general."

Marcellus Enalanga

2016 Santos Regional Service Award + Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year


“Winning the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award has brought genuine delight to myself, my family, my peers, and the wider Port Lincoln community. The award has helped raise understanding of the complex work and effort undertaken to provide the Eyre Peninsula and Indigenous communities with high quality eye health care, which creates awareness of the importance of good eye health and vision. It has also promoted the understanding that strong local community relationships provide fertile ground for innovatory health care, particularly in rural settings. The award has been a confidence booster while also providing me with reassurance that my chosen health care field is also my passion. I am truly honoured to be the recipient of this prestigious award and will endeavour to actively contribute to promoting awareness of eye health and providing quality eye health care to all communities throughout the entirety of my career.”

Tamra Karolewicz

2016 Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award Winner


“I feel very honoured to have won the Channel 9 Young Achievers award in the category of Office for Youth Aboriginal Achievement. I am passionate about improving health outcomes for Aboriginal People and mentoring youth and I will continue to put my hand up for opportunities to yarn and work with individuals and communities because it is what I love doing.
The other three finalists, Michael, Marcellus and Zaachariaha are all so inspiring and hearing about the work they are out there doing makes me feel proud of them as individuals but also of my culture as a whole. I think it is really important that there is an award celebrating the achievements of young Aboriginal People as too often we are placed against negative stereotypes that are not a true reflection of the strength and resilience that we hold.
Thank you once again to Channel 9 and to all of the other sponsors for your support and recognition of young South Australians.”

Kimberley Hunter

2016 Office for Youth Aboriginal Achievement Award Winner


"Winning the AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award allowed me to gain recognition in my field from a range of external influences. This has led me to participate in further ventures that have extended my capacity as an entrepreneur. The publicity has also led to additional exposure allowing me to really capitalize on the community profile.
The prize money was used to sponsor young women in Cambodia to attend university, assisting them in pursuing teaching and nursing careers. The rest of the money is being used to run STEM related holiday workshops to allow local kids to integrate themselves within fun and exciting science, technology, engineering and mathematics related activities. Hopefully this assists future leaders in our community!"

Jasmin Parasiers

2016 AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award Winner


“I have been involved in the Channel 9 Young Achievers for the past three years, making it to the semi-finals in 2013/14, 2014/15 and finally winning in 2015/16. Each year, I have attended the Gala Presentation Dinner and have been overwhelmed by the incredible talent of the young people in South Australia. This year, I was humbled to be recognised for my work in cancer research and to be placed alongside a group of dedicated and hardworking people, all aiming to improve South Australia in their own unique way. It was also great to see two young females recognised in my category (Science and Technology), a usually male dominated area.
Since winning The University of Adelaide Faculty of Sciences - Science and Technology Award, I have been invited to mentor younger students within the University and have had opportunities made available to me that I would not have otherwise had. In addition, the recognition that these awards receive has put a spotlight on my research allowing a better understanding and appreciation of this area of research. This has occurred not only in my close friendship circle, but also in the wider community which is very pleasing as my primary objective has always been to increase awareness about the side effects of chemotherapy, an often overlooked aspect of cancer care."

Hannah Wardill

2016 The University of Adelaide Faculty of Sciences - Science and Technology Award Winner



"I've really enjoyed my involvement with the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards. It was very special for me to have my work recognised in this way and has also been great to have the opportunity to meet other young South Australians doing great things for the state."

Kate Gunn

2013 Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award and Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year winner


"It was a pleasure and honor being a part of the awards. It's been a great opportunity to build the profile of my work, and get in touch with other young people doing great things."

Edwin Kemp Attrill

2013 Leadership Award winner 


“If something is worth the while dedicating your time, energy, passion and creativity into; than work it until you make change happen”.

Allan Ball

2013 Community Leadership Award winner


"The Young Achiever Awards is a great way to recognise young people who are working to make a difference in the community. Winning the Environmental Young Achiever Award in 2013 was a great honour and helped to build the profile of the Repower Port Augusta campaign which I am a part of."

Daniel Spencer

2013 Flinders Ports Environment Award winner 


"The Gala Presentation was an amazing evening that gave me the opportunity to be surrounded by inspirational young achievers. The Aboriginal Achievement Award has not only opened many doors of opportunity, the awards have enabled me to be a role model for the Indigenous youth."

Kristal West

2013 Office for Youth Aboriginal Achievement Award winner