Young tal­ent recog­nised

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

A young Kar­ratha busi­ness founder and Parabur­doo sports en­thu­si­ast have been nom­i­nated for State youth achieve­ment awards.

Cory By­ers, 28, from Kar­ratha, and Jake Solomon, 14, from Parabur­doo, are in the run­ning for this year’s WA Young Achiever Awards and among only a hand­ful from the North West.

The awards, started early last year, recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tions of young peo­ple aged 29 and un­der around the State in eight cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing busi­ness, the en­vi­ron­ment, health and com­mu­nity ser­vice.

KBSS En­gi­neer­ing founder and gen­eral man­ager Mr By­ers was nom­i­nated by col­leagues for the small busi­ness achieve­ment award for start­ing KBSS En­gi­neer­ing aged 24 and grow­ing it into an award­win­ning com­pany with 140 em­ploy­ees in four-and-a-half years.

Mr By­ers, whose back­ground is trade work, said start­ing his own busi­ness at a young age with­out any pre­vi­ous busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence had been daunt­ing.

“I just thought there was some­thing that we could of­fer that would be bet­ter than our com­peti­tors,” he said.

“It was a big learn­ing curve, I had no busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore we started the com­pany so I had to learn that side of things as well as what we were ac­tu­ally do­ing on site for the client.

“So the last four years has been one mas­sive learn­ing curve, and it’s still go­ing.”

Young Parabur­doo res­i­dent Jake was also nom­i­nated for the fit­ness sports award for his two years of ded­i­ca­tion to bas­ket­ball and box­ing at the Parabur­doo Youth Cen­tre.

His nom­i­na­tors said he had im­proved his health, boosted his school per­for­mance and in­spired friends to be in­volved in lo­cal sport through train­ing.

Mr By­ers said it was en­cour­ag­ing to have awards that recog­nised the achieve­ments of young peo­ple.

“I know for young peo­ple, when you are a mem­ber of a com­pany, you don’t get much time or that much recog­ni­tion for what you do,” he said.

“So these sorts of things help lift peo­ple up be­cause it is drain­ing some­times, and just that pos­i­tive feed­back helps keep you go­ing.”

Win­ners will be an­nounced at a pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner in Perth on Fri­day, May 12, and re­ceive $2000 prize­money each.

One will also be cho­sen as the over­all WA Young Achiever of the Year.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

KBSS En­gi­neer­ing founder and gen­eral man­ager Cory By­ers is a nom­i­nee for the WA Young Achiever Awards.

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