2016 Youth Achievement Awards 

The Strathfield Local Government Area is renowned for its many excellent educational, sporting and cultural facilities, filled with young people consistently achieving in all aspects of everyday life. Strathfield Council and the Rotary Club of Strathfield recognises the important contributions young people make within the community and believe that achievement deserves recognition. 

The Youth Achievement Awards are open to all people aged 12-25 who live, attend school or study, train or work in the Strathfield Municipality. Teachers, coaches and business owners are encouraged to nominate young people or to recommend to young people to submit an application in a relevant category.

The categories for this year’s awards include:

  •  Arts and Culture award
  • Science and Technology award
  • Sports award (includes individual and team sports)
  • Environment/Community Service award
  • President's award (work deserving recognition or encouragement in other fields)

The Awards have been presented for the 2016 year.  Applications will open in early 2017. 

Community Service Award 
Sunil Jassal, 12
At just 12 years of age, Sunil Jassal is an extraordinary young man who works to raise funds and awareness for the Cancer Council NSW. Sunil raised $11,109.10 for Cancel Council NSW when he walked 27km in the Seven Bridges Walk in 2013.
Recently, Sunil volunteered his time to raise funds for the Cancer Council’s ‘Color Run’ at Olympic Park. Currently, Sunil is organising “Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea” events at his school and local religious centre.
Environment, Science and Technology
Briahannon Deschamps, 21
Briahannon Deschamps is a third year Bachelor of Science student with a strong interest in research. She has been actively involved in research at Macquarie University, as well as working on a research paper while attending the science research school at the University of New England.
She is also interested in community awareness, and has volunteered with the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation and the Museum of Heart Disease. 
Arts and Culture
Samantha Jabbour, 13, Santa Sabina College
Samantha Jabbour is a passionate artist and writer, who has created many fantastic written and visual pieces. She uses writing and art as an opportunity to use her experiences to tell stories and inspire others.
She has entered her writing in write4fun competitions resulting in having her work published online.
Individual Sport Award – Junior 
Michaela Whitehouse, 15, Meriden School for Girls
Michaela Whitehouse is a rhythmic gymnast who has excelled at both junior and senior levels of the sport. She placed first at the state and national junior championships in 2013, and placed third at the state senior championships.
Michaela also competes on an international level, travelling to Romania in 2013 to compete in the Spring Cup where she placed third overall.
Individual Sport Award – Senior 
Sharon Huang, 17, Strathfield Girls High School
Sharon Huang is a competitive tennis player, who is currently ranked 376 in the Australian open women rankings. She has competed in a number of tournaments across NSW with fantastic results, including winning the U/16 girls singles event at the Medibank Junior Development Series state final in 2013.
She is also involved in developing younger players in the sport, coaching children from age 6 to 16 in tennis skills with an important focus on enjoying the game.
Team Sport Award
St Patrick’s College First XI Cricket team
The St Patrick’s College First XI cricket team travelled to Brisbane earlier this year to compete against 30 teams from Australia and New Zealand in the Australasian Christian Brothers Carnival. They won a hard fought final against Trinity College, Perth. 
The team has also reached the Independent Sporting Association first division final against Blue Mountains Grammar School. 2014 is the 17th consecutive year that the SPC First XI team has contested the ISA final. 
Strathfield Rotary President's Encouragement
Shaukat Liaqat Ali, 16, Strathfield South High School
Since arriving in Australia in 2010, Shaukat Liaqat Ali has established himself as a leader at Strathfield South High School. Shaukat has participated in many school based programs with the NSW Government agency Services for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Trauma and Torture Survivors (STARTTS), and was invited to two STARTTS sports holiday camps.
His focus and dedication at the camps has resulted in the STARTTS sport coordinator assisting Shaukat with establishing a community based soccer program. The soccer clinic is designed to promote harmony and inclusion, and bring together children of a wide range of community groups and backgrounds.