The Young Achiever Awards celebrates the performances of up to 12 local sportspeople aged 16 to 21 each year. .
Nominations are received, with the winner receiving a financial scholarship from our new major sponsor Joss Group which is announced at a Gala Awards night at the Commercial Club, a supporting sponsor of the awards. Nominations are judged on their sporting achievements over the previous twelve months.
Nominations also receive significant local media exposure from supporting sponsor, The Border Mail.
Each year Sport Albury Wodonga invites a guest speaker to come to the Awards Night and inspire the local talent.
The Young Achiever finalists come from a diverse range of sporting backgrounds.
The Young Achiever Awards was originally developed as part of the Albury Wodonga Festival of Sport in 1996. The concept was developed by sporting and community stalwart Graeme Hicks, who continued to be an active President and long-serving board member for the past 22 years. Although a ‘Young Ambassador’ – Damian Clark, was honoured as part of the Festival of Sport in its inaugural year in 1995, the awards were re-named the Young Achiever Awards in 1996, with world record pole vaulter, Emma George receiving the accolade. The awards were designed to celebrate, promote, encourage and offer financial assistance to talented emerging sportspeople from the Albury Wodonga region and continues to do so today. In 2020 the Young Achiever Awards celebrated its 14th year under the Sport Albury Wodonga banner.
The 2021 Award wasn’t held due to COVID-19 restrictions.