What is it?
The Mayoral Youth Award is a program operated by Wyndham City that aims to:

  • Recognise the diverse range of personal and community achievement of local young people
  • Assist young people to reach their goals
  • Reward young people for their achievements and potential
  • Show community acknowledgment of the abilities and inherent within young people in the Wyndham community

 There are 4 award categories:

  • Sport
  • Community service/volunteering/leadership
  • Music/arts/media/culture
  • Other

Young people will nominate a category and their application will be considered amongst other applicants of the same category.

For more information, please contact the Youth Project Officer at Youth Services on 8734 1355.

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Application Information

The Mayoral Youth Award is for individual young people that live, work or study in Wyndham. A total of 12 individuals are Awarded the $500 award each year. Each of the successful applicants are entered as finalists for the Wyndham Youth Achiever of the Year Award.

While the Mayoral Youth Award can be given to young people that either live, work or study full time in Wyndham, only young people who reside in Wyndham will be considered for the Young Achiever of the Year Award.

The Award program aims to recognise a diverse range young people with varying potential and skills. The criteria that applications will be assessed against are listed below. Please note that applicants do not have to meet all of the criteria, however, the more points that are met, the stronger the application will be.

The Award recognises individuals who:

  • Have excelled and made achievements in their chosen field (e.g. arts, culture, recreation, leadership, volunteering)
  • Have shown uniqueness or innovation in their chosen field
  • Have been independent and self motivated in achieving their goals
  • Have the potential to continue to excel in their chosen field and develop existing skills
  • Have been recognised and endorsed by the general community for their outstanding achievements
  • Have overcome hardship or are experiencing hardship (financial, physical, personal, etc)
  • Have identified that a council contribution would meet a specific need
  • Are between the ages of 12 and 25 years (mandatory)
  • Live, work or study full time within Wyndham (mandatory)

The Award cannot be given to:

  • Groups agencies or collectives
  • People who do not either live, work or study full time in Wyndham
  • People who are outside of the age criteria
  • People who have been recipients of the Award in the last two years


A young person can either nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else (consent must be obtained if applying on behalf of someone else).

In order to be considered for the Award, the attached nomination form must be completed and returned to the Youth Planner.

Additional supporting information can be attached to the application (e.g. newspaper clippings, letters of support, audio/visual tapes, etc). Unless requested, attached information will not be returned.

Each applicant will be assessed based on the information provided in the nomination form. As a result, it is important to include as much detail as possible in the form.

The assessment committee that decides on the successful applications is made up of:

  • Wyndham City Mayor
  • Youth Task Force (a group of young people)
  • Youth Project Officer
  • Youth Services staff member

The assessment committee may carry over strong applications to be considered for the next round (applicants will be made aware of this in writing).

Applicants who are unsuccessful are welcome to re-apply for the Award in the following round.

If you have any questions or would like assistance to complete the nomination form, please contact the Youth Planner on 9742 8155.

The Process

There are 4 rounds per year for this Award. Every round, 3 awards are awarded (1 for each stream – sport, community service/volunteering/leadership and music/arts/culture). The closing dates for the nomination rounds are:

  • 31 March
  • 30 June
  • 30 September
  • 31 December

At the closing date for each round all nominations will be considered by the assessment committee. The committee will measure all nominations against the criteria and decide on the successful applicants for that round.

2015 Winners List

Wyndham is home to many fantastic young people who make outstanding contributions to their community and within their chosen field of interest.

The successful applicants for the December 2015 Quarter of the Mayoral Youth Award are as follows: 

Community Services - Rosaline Taulapapa
Sport - Elizabeth Howell
Art - Brie Parker

Rosaline Taulapapa
Rosaline is being recognised for her achievements in the Community Services, Volunteering and Leadership category. She is 15 years old and attends Wyndham Central College.

  • Rosaline has been attending Doors of Opportunity since 2012
  • Rosaline volunteers her time by helping out at sausages sizzles, performing in the culture club and has recently been asked to set up class activities
  • Rosaline also assist’s in the organisation of family events
  • Since volunteering Rosaline has more confidence in supporting others and has seen the value of working together
  • Rosaline has mentored and supported younger children through Doors of Opportunity
  • She is also an active member of the Samoa Victim Support Group Melbourne, providing support to women and children
  • In the future Rosaline will continue to volunteer at Doors of Opportunity

Elizabeth Howell
Elizabeth Howell is being recognised in the category of sport for her outstanding achievements in Field Hockey. She is 15 years old and attends Thomas Carr College.

  • Elizabeth plays Hockey for Altona Hockey Club and has the position of Goalkeeper and has competed in state and national level for the past 3 years
  • Elizabeth has trained at the Victorian Hockey Academy in goalkeeping. She has also been coached by athletes from the Australian Hockeyroos and Kookaburra teams
  • Elizabeth volunteers to play extra games when teams need her, both men and women’s. She also attends multiple training sessions weekly and regularly attends coaching clinics
  • Elizabeth’s has achieved her short term goal of playing in the Premier League Reserve and is a part of the Altona Premier League training squad. Her ultimate goal is to represent Australia at the Olympics and World Championships

Brie Parker
Brie Parker is being recognised for her achievements in Music, Arts, Media and Culture.  She is 16 years old and attends Werribee Secondary College.

  • Brie is passionate about photography, drawing and painting
  • She actively participated in community art workshops and her work auctioned and sold to Quest apartments, with the money raised going to charity   
  • Brie is currently taking photography workshops and is currently completing her certificate 3 in studio arts
  • She has volunteered countless hours for the Cancer Council in Relay For Life each year and raised money for SIDS
  • In the future, Brie’s ultimate goal is to become a photo journalist

The successful applicants for the September 2015 Quarter of the Mayoral Youth Award are as follows: 

Community Services - Emily O'Conner
Sport - Ashlee Kruse
Art - Libby Knights

Emily O’Connor
Emily O’Connor is being recognised for her achievements in Community Services, Volunteering and Leadership. She is 18 years old and attends Thomas Carr College.

  • Emily is passionate about social justice and has been involved in social justice initiatives and fundraising at her school
  • Emily is the social justice and vice-captain at Thomas Carr College
  • Emily has enhanced student involvement at her school through participation in the St Vincent De Paul winter sleep out and soup vans
  • Emily has also represented her school in the ANZAC day parade and her ultimate goal is to empower others
  • In the future, Emily plans to attend university to study Law and continue to work with social justice organisations

Ashlee Kruse
Ashlee Kruse is being recognised for her achievements in the Sport category. She is 16 years old and attends Heathdale Christian College.

  • Ashlee is an avid sports player and enjoys playing a variety of sports
  • Ashlee has previously played basketball and jointly coached the U10 girls’ team
  • Ashlee’s preferred sport is netball. She currently coaches the young women’s team and has completed her Level 1 in umpiring
  • Ashlee is a team member and coach for the Hoppers Crossing Eagles and she is also a keen swimmer, obtaining her swimming teacher accreditation last year
  • Ashlee has been awarded the Julia Gillard Leadership Award and has completed the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award

Libby Knights
Libby Knights is being recognised for her achievements in Music, Arts, Media and Culture.  She is 12 years old and attends Good News Lutheran College.

  • Libby is a passionate writer and also enjoys playing netball
  • Libby was chosen by her school to enter the Future Problem Solving Program Australia writing competition and placed 1st. In collecting her award in Brisbane she also competed in the onsite scenario writing competition
  • Libby has been invited to represent Australia at the 2016 Future Solving Program international final to be held in the United States
  • Libby has also participated in her local school play, swimming and cross country competition
  • In the future, Libby’s ultimately goal is to become a professional author


Young Achiever of the Year

Wyndham Young Achiever of the Year Award

Each year, the 12 winners of Wyndham City Mayoral Youth Award are automatically entered into contention for the Young Achiever of the Year Award. The winner is determined by a judging panel that comprised the Mayor, the Youth Project Officer, Youth Services Coordinator, two representatives from the Youth Task Force and a representative from the Youth Service team. All nominees were assessed according to set criteria.

The winner of Wyndham’s Young Achiever of the Year Award receives prize money to the value of $1,000

2016 Winner Sarah Baarini

Sarah Baarini was recognised in the Community Service, Volunteering and Leadership category. She is 17 years old, lives in Point Cook and attends the Australian International Academy. 

Sarah has organised several fundraisers within her school and community for the SIDS Foundation, Kidney Foundation, Lukemia Foundation, and Islamic Relief. She has also worked on the Lords Mayor’s Philanthropy group, and participated in think-tanks for the Cancer Council. Sarah has been motivated in gaining donations from local businesses and organisations, donating over $6000 to numerous charities through her school and community 

She helps to coach and train younger students in various sports and has participated in the Essendon District Football League (EDFL) program and umpired halftime matches for AusKick at the MCG. This year Sarah was named school captain, following her success as school vice-captain last year. Through her school, she has helped organise an anti-bullying day and school festivals.

Sarah is passionate about promoting peace and harmony within the community and aspires to continue furthering her work in this area. Sarah is currently working to raise awareness for the “Towards Hope Foundation”, a medical team that donates time and money to under privileged countries. Later this year, Sarah will be raising awareness for the World’s Greatest Shave. 

Congratulations to Sarah Baarini for being named Wyndham's Young Achiever of the Year 2016.

2015 Winner Khurram Khan

Khurram Khan was recognised in the Community Service, Volunteering and Leadership category. He is 20 years old, lives in Hoppers Crossing and studies Biomedicine at Melbourne University.

Khurram is the coordinator for the Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning program Wyndham campus, where he voluntarily manages and tutors young Sudanese and African students. Through Embrace Education he volunteers to tutor science subjects to VCE students. He is an active member of the Hoppers Crossing Rotary Club, helping out with community projects and designing the Rotary Young Leaders Award. He volunteers at Werribee Vinnies; volunteers with Amnesty International as a green writer; volunteers with the Hope Foundation as an event organiser and panellist; volunteers for the Red Cross; is an active member of the Pakistani Society, Youth Climate Coalition; and was a youth representative of Celebrate Living History where he manages promotions and interviews of senior citizens.

Before leaving Pakistan for Australia, he volunteered at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation, Darul Sukoon school for special children, and was president of the Outreach Society where he helped to found eight projects, including a scholarship program for disadvantaged children in Pakistan which still runs today.

In addition to his efforts in the community, Khurram has been a delegate on several Model United Nations from 2010-14, most recently promoted as the Director of Marketing and Sponsorship. At Melbourne University this year he was selected as a student representative for the departments of genetics, and mathematics and statistics. He is the assistant chair this year at the Australian World Health Organisation conference. Last year Khurram received the Victorian Premier’s New Resident Volunteer of the Year Award, and is an Associate Fellowship of the Royal Commonwealth Society. He has received a Leaders and Communities Award from University of Melbourne, a Gold Standard Award from Duke of Edinburgh, and an Outstanding Cambridge Young Learners Award from the University of Cambridge.

Khurram’s ambition is to complete a Doctor of Medicine degree specialising in immunology, and to enter the rural and Aboriginal health sector.

Congratulations to Khurram Khan for being named Wyndham's Young Achiver of the Year 2015.

2016 Winners List

March Quarter 2016

The successful applicants for the March Quarter of the Mayoral Youth Award were as follows:

  • Bailey Phillips
  • Dylan Mazurek

Bailey Phillips

Bailey Phillips is being recognised for his achievements in the category of sports. He is 16 years old and attends Tarneit Senior College.

Bailey has achieved a great deal in his chosen sports of Ice and Inline Hockey.

  • Bailey was selected for the U16 Nation Ice Hockey team.
  • Bailey was also selected for both the U15 and U17 Inline Hockey teams.
  • Bailey has also represented Australia in Inline Hockey, competing in New Zealand and the USA. Recently returning from the inline Hockey Junior Olympics held in Hawaii.
  • In the future, Bailey plans on trialling for the next Worlds national Ice hockey team, and hopes to achieve his goal of playing Ice Hockey in the United States and Canada.

Congratulations Bailey on your wonderful achievements  

Dylan Mazurek

Dylan Mazurek is being recognised for his achievements in the Arts, Music, Media & Culture category. He is 24 years old and is a Software Engineer at Geelong College.

  • Dylan has an array of skills in the performing arts sector, including directing, producing, stage managing and design.
  • Dylan has been working with the Wyndham Theatre Company to create the Youth Theatre Initiative, helping to bring the Wyndham theatre community together.
  • Dylan was also involved with the recent Legally Blonde Jnr production held at the Wyndham Cultural Centre, where he both directed and produced the show which was a great success.
  • In the Future Dylan hopes to create and build experiences for young people in the community to showcase their talents and help give them an outlet for their creativity.

Congratulations Dylan on your wonderful achievements.

June Quarter 2016

The successful applicant for the June Quarter of the Mayoral Youth Award is:

  • Aliyah Canepa
  • Bailey Lewis
  • Caitlin Huell
  • Ryland Brian

Aliyah Canepa

Aliyah Canepa is being recognised in the category of sport for her outstanding achievements in athletics. She is 14 years old and attends Maribyrnong Secondary College.

  • Aliyah is a member of the Werribee Little Athletics club
  • She participated at the All School State Championships, All School National Championships, Victorian Junior Championships, Australian Junior Championships and the Little Athletics State Championships. Where she has been very successful in her chosen events of discus, hammer throw and shot put.
  • Aliyah makes sure she puts in 110% in her training sessions, while also making time to help train younger members of the club.
  • Aliyah was also chosen for the AIS camp which is offered to a small select group of athletes based on their results.
  • In the future Aliyah's ultimate goal is to represent Australia at the Commonwealth and Olympics games; however her first priority is to qualify for the World Junior Championships in 2018.

Congratulations Aliyah on your wonderful achievements.

Bailey Lewis

Bailey Lewis is being recognised in the category of sport for his outstanding achievements in Taekwondo. He is 18 years old and has been a member of the City West Taekwondo for 13 years.

  • Bailey has participated at the National Championships where he has been the undefeated champion for the past 3 years
  • He has also won over 12 Gold medals at the Victorian Selections.
  • Bailey has competed for Australia at many international events and has been very successful.
  • He is currently ranked in the Top 40 of his weight class and was nominated as a prospective shadow team member for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
  • Bailey’s goal is to represent his country at the 2020 Olympics and hopefully win a medal for Australia and his home town.

Congratulations Bailey on your wonderful achievements.

Caitlin Huell

Caitlin Huell is being recognised in the category of sport for her outstanding achievements in swimming and life saving. She is 14 years old and attends Maribyrnong Secondary College.

  • In Life Saving Caitlin won 3 gold medals at the Australian Pool Life Saving Championships, and 1 gold and 1 bronze at the Victorian Surf Life Saving Championships.
  • She qualified for the Australian Age Swimming Championships
  • Caitlin Qualified for the SSV Victorian swimming team and participated at the Pacific Games Swimming Championships.
  • Just recently Caitlin qualified for the School Sports Australia Swimming Championships which will be held in September
  • Caitlin’s future goals include improving on her national swimming times and possibly qualifying for the next Olympic trials in 4 years.

Congratulations Caitlin on your wonderful achievements.

Ryland Brian

Ryland Brian is being recognised in the category of sport for his outstanding achievements in swimming. He is 16 years old and attends St. Kevins College.

  • In the past 12 Months Ryland has been competed in many meets
  • He competed at the Victorian Age Short Course Championships where he was very successful in his 8 events coming away with 4 Gold medals and 1 silver. He was also selected on the Victorian Short Course Team
  • Ryland was selected on the Victorian Team for the Pacific School Games and medalled in 2 events
  • He competed at the Victorian Age Championships where he was selected as the 15 year old Male Swimmer of the meet, walking away with 8 medals.
  • Ryland was selected on the Victorian Talent Identification Squad and the Victorian Development Squad.
  • Ryland also qualified to compete at the Australian National Championships and Olympic Trials, where he swam multiple personal bests and finished in the top 10 Best Individual Performance
  • In the future Ryland hope to be chosen for the Australian International Swimming team, and be successful for his both his country and his local community.

Congratulations Ryland on your wonderful achievements

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