The full list of other winners at the Gladstone Regional Council Australia Day Awards are:
Community Event or initiative: Tannum Crab Classic
The Tannum Crab Classic was established eight years ago as an event with a focus on male suicide prevention. The annual event has grown in popularity and has expanded from a three-day men’s outing at Lilley’s Beach to also offer a ladies fundraising night and an open community event raising funds for people with a disability. To date the event has raised just under $100,000.
Community Volunteer: Peter O’Dwyer
Peter is a passionate volunteer who keenly encourages a cohesive community where all individuals are valued, can contribute economically and socially and experience a high quality of life. He strongly believes in giving back to his community and spends countless hours volunteerkng. Peter has assisted the Gladstone Multicultural Association Inc. (19 years), Saiki Sister City Management Committee (15 years), Gladstone Intercultural Reference Group (12 years). Peter has always had an interest in people from all parts of the world and promotes the benefits of a multicultural society encouraging pride in our community’s diversity to support harmony.
Arts and Culture Award: Leanne Christensen
Leanne has had extensive involvement in the community in a musical capacity and is well respected as a skilled musician. She has been a valuable member of the Gladstone Municipal Band for 25 years as a player musical director, drum major, bugler and has held various committee roles. Leanne has also been a musician and musical director with Lost for Words stage band for 18 years. Was a musician at Under the Trees in 2017 and has been involved in the Mayor’s Carols by Candlelight for 25 years as a player, musical director and administrative coordinator for the Carols band.
Young Sportsperson Award: Savannah Maytom
As the youngest member of the Australian 11-16 years women’s trio, 10-year-old acrobatic gymnast Savannah has the world at her finely balanced feet. Showing composure beyond her years. Savannah figured in the Queensland trio team which won dynamic silver in the junior elite division at the Australian Gymnastics Championships in June and dynamic and overall bronze medals at the National Clubs Carnival in Victoria in September. This secured Savannah a national team spot. She will train at the Australian Institute of Sport this year, putting her in the running for a spot on the Australian team for the 2018 World Championships.
Senior Sportsperson: Joel Helmstedt
Joel Helmstedt’s stirring performances on the field have earned him a spot in the Australian over-35s men’s hockey team to contest the Grand Master’s Hockey World Cup in Spain in June, but tell only part of the influence he has on the sport in Gladstone. Having represented Australia in New Zealand, Joel heads overseas again in 2018 after again starring for Gladstone and Queensland at representative level. Joel is also a coach and tireless association volunteer, who was instrumental in returning Yaralla to junior club fixtures after several years absence, he is also a junior and senior representative coach and a junior club coach. Joel also helps coach adult newcomers to the game and assists with fundraising and club maintenance.
Sports Official: Gary Porteous
An experienced campaigner campaigner on the representative hockey front as a player, Gary now shares the knowledge gained during his playing career with the Gladstone’s current senior and junior representative stars. Gary’s mentorship skills will be tested at the international level when he helms the Australian men’s team to context the Grand Masters Hockey World Cup 2018 in Spain in June.
Young Citizen of the Year: Adele Bierman
Adele intended to complete Year 12 in 2017 and go on to study Veterinary Science but she was exempted from school with constant ill health. She dedicated the rest of her year to volunteering for Team RSPCA Gladstone where she’d done animal foster caring before This time, Adele washed and cared for the animals as well as staffing the adoption phone organising and finalising adoptions.Other personal highlights were selling cupcakes and featuring in the 2018 RSPCA Gladstone calendar. After leading this year’s Million Paws Walk, Adele has gone one step further and has volunteered to organise the 2018 event.