Youth Of The Year
Each year the Lions provide an opportunity for secondary school students to participate in the Lions Youth Of The Year program. The competition is intended to select the high achieving students from schools and through a series of interviews and public speaking events eventually select a winner from each state who then participate in a national final at the Lions National Convention held in April/May of each year.
The event is generously sponsored by the National Australia Bank
The 2017 competition at club level was won by Kiara McIntyre from Fraser Coast Anglican College for Fraser Lions and Naomi Shanahan-Giaquinto from Xavier Catholic College for the Hervey Bay Lioness. Both Kiara and Nomi went on to the Zone final in Hervey Bay where Thomas Groth from St Marys College in Maryborough was judged as an overall winner.
All students in grade 11 or 12 are encouraged to participate - see your english department for details. It is a perfect opportunity to build your confidence and to meet and interact with like-minded students from other schools.
The Fraser Lions Club's YOTY final is held in conjunction with the Hervey Bay Lioness Club so providing two students to the next level (zone final).
Fraser Lions YOTY Chairman Bruce Blomeley 2017
2017 YOTY Contestants at club judging
Club Chairman Bruce with Contestant Kiara McIintyre
Contestant Eloise Rosseto
Contestant Laura Brearley
Contestant Naomi Shanahan-Giaqui
Contestant Taiya Hancock
Chairman Brudce with Fraser Club winner Kiara McIntyre
Lioness P:resident Nola Taylor with winner Naomi Shanahan-Giaqui
Judges Kylie Stone (NAB) Garry Dunlop Bob Creedon
Contestants at Zone 7 YOTY Judging with Chairman Bruce
Zone 7 Winner Thomas Groth being presented with plaque by Brian Hodges
Some of the crowd at the Fraser Lions club judging of Youth of the Year