A young woman who is pursuing her goals with vigour has been recognised with the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative’s Aboriginal Aspiring Leader Award.
Maryborough resident Sarah Weymouth was awarded the honour at BDAC’s NAIDOC Awards dinner this month.
The 18-year-old completed her VCE last year and is now studying a Diploma of Beauty Therapy at Elly Lukas Beauty Therapy College in Melbourne.
It is something Miss Weymouth works hard on, having to travel from Maryborough to Melbourne to study four days a week. She also saved up a deposit to pay for her further education, and was recently award a grant to cover the rest of her fees.
Miss Weymouth received her award because, as BDAC says, she is a role model to all through her commitment to sport, art, culture and education.
She plays football and netball in the annual Koori Carnival, and has artworks displayed in NSW government offices.
She offered some advice to other young people considering their futures, herself having thought she would never end up at the college where she studied.
“A lot of kids probably think they can’t do what they want to, but you can do it,” she said.
Miss Weymouth’s fellow 2018 NAIDOC Award winners are Patrick Fagan, Aboriginal Recognition Award; Lisa Parkinson, Non-Aboriginal Recognition Award; and Gordon Hynes, Aboriginal Employment Award.