Wildcat honoured for youth work
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.