Local heroes awarded at gala ceremony

15 January 2018

An ironman, an artist, a vet, a publicist, an Olympian and a youth advocate make up this year’s winners in the City’s Australia Day Awards.

The annual awards recognise local people or groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the Gold Coast community.

Mayor Tom Tate presented the awards in the six different categories at a ceremony at Q1 tonight(11/1).

“Each of these winners truly deserves this recognition and acknowledgment. Their efforts are helping and motivating others to make our city a better place to live,” he said. 

Gold Coast Citizen of the Year was awarded to Karen Phillips, a journalist and public relations specialist, who has helped raise $2million for charities.

The Gold FM Community Service Award went to ironman and lifesaving legend Trevor Hendy for his transformational program “Boot Camp For The Soul” and motivating people to make positive life changes. 

Currumbin Hospital’s vet Dr Michael Pyne took out the Environmental Achievement Award for his relentless work in caring for our sick and injured wildlife - around 10,000 animals are treated annually.

The Cultural Achievement Award was awarded to artist Lisa Sorbie Martin who has enjoyed a 35 year career as a painter, textile artist and fashion designer, with her most recent achievement the artwork for the Broadwater Parklands Mangrove Deck.

Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson has claimed the Sports Achievement Award. Sally is a   GC2018 Ambassador and a motivator and mentor to many.   

Teenager Madison Birtchnell was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year for her many years of volunteer work, leadership skills and fundraising efforts.   

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