Australia Day Awards

Each year the Australia Day Awards are held as part of the Wagga Wagga City Council Australia Day Ceremony. Awards categories include Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year, Ted Ryder Sports Memorial Award and the Walk of Honour. 

The Sporting Hall of Fame Inductees and Local Legends are also announced on Australia Day.

For further information on the Walk of Honour click here.

For further information on the Sporting Hall of Fame click here

2016 Award Recipients

Citizen of the Year - Joe Williams

Joe spends much of his time working to inspire youth and individuals through motivational speaking workshops. He works with disengaged youth in local schools, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers and jails and is a mentor to many youth and adults within the community.

Joe has dedicated much of his time to community partnerships and supporting various not-for-profit organisations including the Amie St Claire Melanoma Trust, Wagga Wagga Takes Two, Wagga Wagga Relay For Life and Cancer Council NSW. Joe has shared his own battle with mental health and now advocates and raises awareness around depression.

To nominate for 2017 Citizen of the Year click here.

Young Citizen of the Year - Hannah Kempton

Over the past two years, Hannah has not only maintained an excellent performance as a medical student, she has made a positive contribution to the community via the promotion of rural medicine.

This year, Hannah co-founded the 'Eyes Wide Open' program, an initiative that provides mentorship services from rural medical students for secondary students in the Riverina who are interested in pursuing degrees and careers in rural health. In addition to this, Hannah volunteered as an official at the Youth in Ag Day at the Royal Easter Show.

To nominate for 2017 Young Citizen of the Year click here.

Walk of Honour - John Brasier

John was an outstanding teacher and sportsman. He spent tireless hours working for junior sport as well as being involved with the Wagga Harness Racing Club and Senior Cricket.

John was the president of the Wagga Harness Racing Club for a collective total of almost 10 years. He was president of the South West and Riverina Harness Racing clubs for approximately seven years. In 1980 and 2000 he was instrumental in coming to the rescue of the Wagga Harness Racing Club when it was facing financial difficulties to help secure its long-term viability.

John's contribution to school sport went far beyond regional and state duties, in that he made a massive development to the furthering of student and teacher sporting skills and knowledge in all schools which he taught. He passionately wished for children to have equal opportunities, often personally financing them to enable their participation in excursions and other school activities.

To nominate for 2017 Walk of Honour  click here.

To nominate for 2017 Ted Ryder Sports Memorial Award for services to sport in administration fields click here.