06/06/2019

Young Aboriginal South Australians have been recognised for their outstanding achievements in Sport, the Arts and Higher Education at an award ceremony at Government House.

Picture of the winners and finalists of the Governor's Aboriginal Youth Awards

The Governor’s Aboriginal Youth Awards recognise Aboriginal South Australians aged between 15 and 29 years who are showing potential and determination to achieve success or are excelling in one of three areas: Sport, Arts and Higher Education.

This year’s winners were announced at a formal award ceremony hosted by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia on Tuesday, 28 May 2019:

  • Sport Award: Tamsyn Murdoch, a young Nyikina and Yawuru descendant, in recognition of her outstanding success in athletics’ multi-event discipline, heptathlon.
  • Arts Award: Nathan May, a multi-talented emerging singer-songwriter who descends from the Arabana, Yawuru and Marridjabin clans.
  • Higher Education Award: Arabella Hart, a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) student whose culture descends from the Bagala clan within the Jawoyn nation.

The three award recipients each receive a Certificate of Recognition, a $3,000 bursary to aid their pursuits and the services of a mentor to assist in their career development.

Seven other finalists were also recognised at this year’s awards:

  • Sport: Temaana Sanderson-Bromley and Kysaiah (Kozzy) Kropinyeri-Pickett
  • Arts: Shane Mankitya Cook, Tilly Tjala Thomas and Rachael Richardson
  • Higher Education: Ben Snell and Amey Lekkas.

More information about the awards and the achievements of this year’s recipients is available at dpc.sa.gov.au/governors-aboriginal-youth-awards.