Time for Hire recognition
ROCKINGHAM Flames player Greg Hire was humbled to win the youth category at the 2018 Western Australian of the Year Awards last Friday.
The Perth Wildcats vicecaptain 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.
Founded in 2014, A Stitch in Time’s programs are implemented through partnerships with schools and sporting associations, with a strong focus on supporting at-risk youths.
In a recent partnering with Binar Sports, the charity also created an elite athlete pathway to include not only physical development but mental and social wellbeing.
Hire is also an ambassador for Youth Focus and was awarded a Pride of Australia medal after he was commended for saving the lives of two young people through his charity work.
“The last few days have been incredible, humbling and an absolute whirlwind,” he said.
“Whilst 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 to our objectives and reemphasise the importance of mental health and suicide prevention.
“Too many lives have been lost already to suicide.
“Actions need to be implemented and whilst we have so far to go, Friday night was a continuation of something that I think will make a difference.”
Greg Hire on the podium.