An­gel our young gun

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A GOLD Coast ad­vo­cate and model has been named the Queens­land Young Aus­tralian of the Year for 2019.

An­gel Dixon, 28, is the first agency-signed model with a phys­i­cal im­pair­ment to fea­ture on a na­tional tele­vi­sion cam­paign. She has fea­tured on fash­ion week cat­walks and is de­sign­ing her own line of walk­ing canes.

In 2009, when Ms Dixon was 19, she awoke one day with mus­cle sore­ness and ten­der­ness in her legs. Later that day she was in agony and could not walk prop­erly. She was rushed to the hos­pi­tal and the next day was told she had suf­fered a stroke and had a clot on her spinal cord, which was caus­ing paral­y­sis.

Doc­tors told Ms Dixon walk­ing may be “dif­fi­cult”, but she has de­fied the odds.

The avid blog­ger walks, as­sisted with a cane, and runs, as­sisted by her hus­band. She has also taught her­self to ride a bike again.

The Gold Coaster was hon­oured with the award at a gala event at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre last night.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Jon Rouse of Ash­grove was named Queens­land’s Aus­tralian of the Year.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Rouse, 55, heads Task Force Ar­gos which tar­gets on­line child ex­ploita­tion, and has been cred­ited with help­ing to save count­less chil­dren from hor­rific abuse dur­ing his 34-year ca­reer.

The bat­tle­field has changed sig­nif­i­cantly since Insp Rouse started at the task force in 2001, when dial-up modems were still cur­rent, and sex­ual preda­tors had be­gun us­ing the in­ter­net to meet and lure young vic­tims.

The squad has made in­cred­i­ble in­roads into catch­ing pae­dophiles, both in Aus­tralia and over­seas, in part through tak­ing over dark web fo­rums and im­per­son­at­ing pae­dophiles in or­der to un­mask and catch the real ones shar­ing con­tent.

In­spec­tor Rouse is also in­volved in a crackdown on the in­creas­ing num­ber of Queens­lan­ders who pay to watch the sex­ual abuse of chil­dren in the Philip­pines through livestream­ing chan­nels.

An­gel Dixon has been named the Queens­land Young Aus­tralian of the Year for 2019.

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