11 April, 2024

Lions Youth of the Year

A gathering of bright young minds came together, as Lions International hosted its Regional Youth of the Year event at the Lowood Showgrounds on March 23.

Eloise Alderson, Angus Green, Adam Canavan, Aaron Wei and Eli Gearing.
Eloise Alderson, Angus Green, Adam Canavan, Aaron Wei and Eli Gearing.

The competition involved five entrants who had triumphed in their respective areas, with the entrants including Adam Canavan from Lowood State High School and Eloise Alderson from Toogoolawah State High School.

The other entrants were Angus Green from St James College, Eli Gearing from Centenary State High School, and Aaron Wei from Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology.

The competition format included interviews followed by impromptu questions, probing the contestants’ perspectives on pressing societal issues.

Adam courageously tackled the adverse effects of social media on today’s youth, and Eloise highlighted the perils associated with vaping, alcohol, and substance abuse.

The discourse expanded further as contestants articulated their prepared speeches, each grappling with topics of profound significance.

Adam delved into the essence of leadership, advocating for a collective responsibility to nurture the leaders of tomorrow.

Eloise scrutinised media portrayal of the youth, emphasising the importance of ethical reporting to combat stereotypes.

Angus, Eli and Aaron explored themes ranging from the re-evaluation of Australia Day to the redefinition of success and the persistent spectre of racism in society.

Aaron emerged as the Regional Youth of the Year while Eli clinched the Public Speaking accolade, following meticulous deliberation from judges Susan Sherlock, Dave Noonan and David Raine.

Aaron advanced to represent the region at the district finals in Toowoomba on Saturday (April 13), embodying the aspirations and potential of the youth cohort.

A past winner himself, Mr Raine underscored the transformative impact of such competitions on young participants.

“It’s an opportunity that you’ll reflect on,” he said as he addressed the contestants.

“You’re nervous, you’re excited, your families are absolutely proud of your achievements, as we all are.

“It’s the start of many things ahead for you.


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