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Country South Aussie’s shine at 7News Young Achiever Awards

– 7News Young Achiever Awards SA
Greater SA

SA’s future is brighter than ever, with the State’s young achievers acknowledged at a gala presentation last week.

Among the winners of the 7News Young Achiever Awards, three Eyre Peninsula young guns were in the spotlight, as well as winners from the South East and Fleurieu Peninsula.

The Award’s purpose is to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of  young people, under the age of 30,  throughout South Australia.

And the 2024 regional Young Achievers are….


Port Lincoln Indigenous Artist, Presten Warren has made a remarkable imprint on the art world since launching Painted Studios in 2022. A country boy, born in Port Augusta and raised in Ceduna, Warren has won multiple awards, sold hundreds of paintings and secured international contracts.  The twenty-four year-old’s art honours his cultural heritage and his work extends beyond the canvas, as an advocate for indigenous culture.
Dylan Cowley is another young achiever who hails from the Eyre Peninsula. Port Lincoln’s youngest male council member, Dylan is a dynamic leader with a commitment approach to holistic community development and support for homelessness through West Coast Youth and Community Support. He is a both a leader of the Salvation Army worship team and a rising leader for Port Lincoln.
Bordertown’s Sophie Orrock‘s recognition follows her title of 2023 South Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year. Advocating for alternative career paths, Sophie relocated at the age of 17 to take up an automotive apprenticeship, and showcases exceptional automotive skills, personal growth and role modelling.
Thomas Ford of Encounter Bay, is a dedicated clinical optometrist who provides comprehensive eye care services to the Victor Harbor and Fleurieu communities. His commitment extends beyond clinical practice, engaging with the community through volunteer work and professional development, exemplifying a holistic approach to eye health. Tom’s positive impact resonates throughout the community, ensuring better vision and wellbeing for all.

Tiahni Adamson, is a wildlife conservation biologist, advocating for First Nations people and women in STEM. As a public speaker, who grew up on the Eyre Peninsula, Tiahni has spoken to over 1 million people about the intersection of First Nations and Climate Justice. Honoured as the 2024 South Australian ‘Young Australian of the Year’, she is on the board of Green Adelaide, collaborates with CSIRO on Indigenous education and was a youth dialogue member for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
To see more of South Australia’s Young Achievers click here.


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