Wild­cat hon­oured for youth work

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page -

GREG Hire said he was hum­bled to win the youth cat­e­gory at the 2018 West­ern Aus­tralian of the Year Awards on Fri­day.

The for­mer Joon­dalup Wolves star and cur­rent Perth Wild­cats vice-cap­tain was recog­nised for his sev­eral projects, char­i­ties and initiatives to com­bat men­tal ill­ness and youth sui­cide.

His ad­vo­cacy work has been un­der­taken through the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League, his own com­mu­nity net­works and his char­ity A Stitch in Time, which aims to en­cour­age re­silience among young peo­ple through sport, men­tor­ing and com­mu­nity work­shops.

Hire is also an am­bas­sador for Youth Fo­cus and has been awarded a Pride of Aus­tralia medal af­ter he was com­mended for sav­ing the lives of two young peo­ple through his char­ity work.

The Edge­wa­ter res­i­dent said be­ing recog­nised as a West­ern Aus­tralian of the Year was “very mem­o­rable”.

“The last few days have been in­cred­i­ble, hum­bling and a whirl­wind,” he said.

“While I was ex­tremely proud to have been ac­knowl­edged for the work A Stitch in Time does, the most im­por­tant thing for me was to be able to stand in front of the Premier of WA, par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, for­mer West­ern Aus­tralians of the Year and other cat­e­gory win­ners, in a room full of peo­ple, and chal­lenge their thoughts, bring aware­ness into our ob­jec­tives and re-em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of men­tal health and sui­cide pre­ven­tion.

“Too many lives have been lost al­ready to sui­cide.

“Ac­tions need to be im­ple­mented and while we have so far to go, Fri­day night was a con­tin­u­a­tion of some­thing I think will make a dif­fer­ence.”

Greg Hire won the youth cat­e­gory at the 2018 West­ern Aus­tralian of the Year Awards.

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