Georgia Sard celebrates winning the PCYC Youth of the Year Award over thousands of members from across Qld.
Georgia Sard celebrates winning the PCYC Youth of the Year Award over thousands of members from across Qld. Alistair Brightman

Hervey Bay youth wins PCYC awards

NOT MANY 16-year-olds can say they’ve met Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts and Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson.

Georgia Sard has.

She has also travelled to the UK, made speeches to dignitaries, led youth programs and child care activities and participated in sporting competitions.

Her impressive list goes on.

This is why Georgia has been awarded the 2009 PCYC E.M. Hanlon Youth of the Year Award at a ceremony in Brisbane last week.

“I was stoked to win but I was so nervous I tripped over a chair,” said Georgia, a Year 11 student at Xavier Catholic College.

Her award stems from years of dedication to the Hervey Bay PCYC, during which time she chaired youth meetings, planned holiday activities, undertook fundraising activities and mentored participants in an international youth exchange program.

Sergeant Patrick Fleming said he didn’t doubt Georgia’s ability to win over tens of thousands of PCYC members across the state, considering her “outstanding” history.

He said the teen had “enhanced the profile and professionalism” of the centre.

“We are very proud of her and pleased that she’s been recognised,” Sgt Fleming said.

“She’s so deserving – she’s been a great contributor and role model and has always been the most polite, pleasant and helpful young person to us.

“I think it’s a great thing for Hervey Bay, to win out of 80,000 (youth and adult) members in 47 Qld PCYCs.

“The main thing for us is that we keep these kinds of people in the organization.”

He needn’t worry; Georgia isn’t planning on going anywhere just yet.



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