Getting people with a disability onto the sports arena and in employment is aim of 24-year-old Alex Baker. The all-round sportsman, who was born with autism and limited muscle tone and joint movement ad diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, defied doctors' predictions and has represented Australia in cricket, is a fine musician and tennis player which working five days a week at the Endeavour Foundation.
Chern’ee Sutton is an 18 year old contemporary Indigenous artist from Mt Isa, Queensland.Her great, great, great grandmother is listed as an apical ancestor of the Kalkadoon tribe and her uncle is a Kalkadoon community chairman. Chern’ee began painting at 13 years old in 2010, when her school teacher encouraged her to enter the Yoorellgoo Indigenous art competition, in which she won first place in the painting category. She had never painted before.
Dr. Young is current chief health officer in Queensland and meanwhile, a member of the Queensland Medical Board since 2005, chair of the Queensland Registration Advisory Committee since 2005, mem ber of the Queensland Medical Board Education Committee since 2006, member of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research Council since 2005, member of the Board of the Faculty of Health Sciences Queensland University since 1999
KARNI Liddell won’t let anyone or anything stop her from living her dreams.The young woman with spinal muscular atrophy, a rare and severe genetically transmitted condition, has inspired thousands of people around Australia to reach for what others might call impossible. “I really try to emphasise having a disability is not the worst thing that can happen,” she said.
Late in 2012 I suffered a life threatening illness that lead to 9 days on life support, almost 8 months in hospital and multiple surgeries including the amputation of both legs below the knee, my right hand and all of the fingers off my left hand. But I survived and I saw a choice between denial and depression or acceptance and I chose to accept and embrace.
Leigh Webb knows what it's like to battle with the aggressive cancer sarcoma. Her husband Tony lost his second battle with the cancer but her son Corey is in remission after high doses of chemotherapy and stem cell transplant. Since 2002 when Tony was first diagnosed, she has worked to raise both funds and awareness of the cancer, which affects people between 12 and 25 years old.
Nicole is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of young people. After overcoming mental health challenges as a young person, in particular anorexia nervosa, Nicole is channelling her energy into motivating other young people to be the best they can be. In 2011, Nicole established The Rogue & Rouge Foundation to reverse the stigmatisation of mental health, body image and self-esteem issues in Australia’s young people.
When St Mary's School at Laidley was flooded for second time in two years, the community rallied to help the school. As the drought spread through Queensland's food bowl, the students, under the direction of principal Nathan Haley, paid back their neighbours, donating thousands of dollars of stock feed and other supplies.