Do­ing Dalby proud

Rudd fam­ily win­ners at Aus­tralia Day awards

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

ON Jan­uary 26, many peo­ple around the coun­try feel a sense of pride – many are proud of Aus­tralia, proud of achiev­ing cit­i­zen­ship, or proud of those who are lead­ing by ex­am­ple.

This Aus­tralia Day, the Rudd fam­ily cer­tainly has rea­son to be proud.

At the Dalby Aus­tralia Day awards cer­e­mony, 16-year-old Clara was an­nounced as the town’s Young Cit­i­zen of the Year, while her 17-year-old brother Pa­trick re­ceived the Ju­nior Sports Achieve­ment Award.

The sib­lings were then both named re­gional win­ners for their cat­e­gory.

“I’m very very hon­oured to have been cho­sen ... I hon­estly can’t be­lieve it, it means a lot to me and I think it will re­ally help me in the fu­ture,” Clara said. “I’m very thank­ful.” Clara was cho­sen as the Young Cit­i­zen of the Year based on her par­tic­i­pa­tion in a va­ri­ety of singing, act­ing, and mu­si­cal roles around the com­mu­nity, mem­ber­ship of the Gond­wana Voices Choir, up­com­ing role as school cap­tain of Dalby State High School, and par­tic­i­pa­tion in stu­dent coun­cil and Ju­nior Cham­ber of Com­merce in the past.

“Ju­nior Cham­ber was a lovely ex­pe­ri­ence, it was a good way to meet busi­ness peo­ple and prom­i­nent peo­ple from the com­mu­nity, so that was re­ally good,” she said.

While Clara ex­cels in cul­tural and aca­demic set­tings, she said she was happy to leave the sport to Pa­trick, who will also start Year 12 at DSHS this year.

In 2016, Pa­trick com­peted as part of the men’s Queens­land team at the 2016 Aus­tralian Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne, where he achieved an in­di­vid­ual re­sult of gold in par­al­lel bars and sil­ver in vault, and helped Queens­land win gold on the first day of com­pe­ti­tion.

The gym­nast was un­able to at­tend the cer­e­mony due cur­rently com­pet­ing in the USA.

“He is hugely ded­i­cated, he drives to Toowoomba three times a week in pur­suit of gym­nas­tics,” Clara said.

“He’s come so far from just a small town kid that would score in the lower end of the state, to now be­ing the sec­ond in Aus­tralia in his area and to go to an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion and do re­ally well at it.”

“I know that if he was here he would be just as thank­ful as I am.”

In ad­di­tion to Pa­trick and Clara tak­ing home the re­gional Sports Achieve­ment and Young Cit­i­zen of the Year awards, Dalby-based ra­dio sta­tion 4DDD took home Re­gional Com­mu­nity Project/Event of the Year.

The Re­gional Cul­tural Award was won by Zita Stark, from Chin­chilla and district, with Doug Bougoure from Tara and district named Re­gional Cit­i­zen of the Year.


ALL IN THE FAM­ILY: Re­gional Young cit­i­zen of the Year Clara Rudd and her fa­ther, Ge­off, who ac­cepted her brother Pa­trick's Re­gional Sports Award at the Aus­tralia Day Cer­e­mony in Dalby.

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