COLAC and district’s young leaders have shown what it means to be cool.
Twelve young people received recognition at the inaugural Colac Otway Outstanding Leadership awards, or COOL, for achievements in sport, performing arts, community involvement and business.
Colac’s Joel Craddock and Ben Cardinal took out the “great mate” awards for their inspiring community leadership.
Mr Craddock is a nursing student at the University of Ballarat and an active member of the Wye River Surf Lifesaving Club, where he helped rescue a heart attack victim at Kennett River in January.
He was also named a hero after saving three children from a fire in a neighbour’s house in 2010.
He shared the top honour with Ben Cardinal, who has proved himself as a leader at Trinity College and Colac’s Cub Scouts.
Fellow Trinity College student Jye Busfield said he was shocked to hear he was nominated for a COOL business award.
“It was even better when I found out I won,” Jye said.
The 16-year-old is studying a school-based apprenticeship in information technology at Colac Otway Shire Council.
Alvie footballer Nathan De Lorenzo received the sports award for his courageous return to sport after suffering a stroke while playing football in 2007.
Colac swimmer Gabriel Spokes won a sports encouragement award, while Brandon “Grub” Cole, Jessica Westlake and Meg Dow received community recognition awards.
Colac Players members Twilight Marson and Natasha Fridey won awards for their hard work and enthusiasm in the performing arts.
Dedicated Second Sea Scouts member Nathan Legg received recognition for his years of volunteering, while Colac Secondary College student Shekinah Horsburgh won an encouragement award for her active community involvement.