Australian of the year from here

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

MAN­NING res­i­dent Ab­dul­lahi Alim says he feels hum­bled af­ter win­ning the WA Young Australian of the Year at a cer­e­mony on Sun­day.

In a field that in­cluded For­mula One driver Daniel Ric­cia­rdo, singer Troye Si­van and wheel­chair bas­ket­baller Ryan Morich, Mr Alim won for his work in the so­cial in­no­va­tions sec­tor.

He said he felt very good to win the award and the cer­e­mony was hum­bling.

“It was a very in­ter­est­ing night, I went with my par­ents and a friend,” he said.

“All the peo­ple who were nom­i­nated are pas­sion­ate and I felt like a win for one was a win for all.

“I used my speech to talk about all the good things that the nom­i­nees are in­volved in and the en­thu­si­asm they have.”

Mr Alim is cur­rently com­plet­ing a grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cate in in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship on­line at Stan­ford University and he is in­volved in hackathons, which in­volves de­vel­op­ing a pro­to­type prod­uct, ser­vice or strat­egy.

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