Matson & Allan Outstanding Young Achievers Award
This award was first set up in 1992 and involves all our local communities namely Cheviot, Hawarden, Rangiora, Courtenay, Amuri and Ellesmere. It was put in place to recognise the achievements of our up and coming young achievers in the rural community.
The age limit was initially set at 21 years of age but over the years we have extended that out to 30 years because of what seems to be a movement of our younger community to the city because of better job opportunities etc - this has worked well and ensured that the numbers applying for the award
are still plentiful. All those applying for the award must live locally within their A&P association. The award is also open to final year students who attend their local High School.
The award is open to all industries and lifestyles that our young people are involved in – it is not specifically targeted at the rural industry. We have had winners who have ranged from Farmers to Pre school teachers and Mechanics so the floor is wide open when it comes to nomination
It is important in our view that this selection process is kept as all other A&P associations follow this criteria and it is important that we have a uniform selection process across the board – especially when it comes to the regional finals at the end of the show season.
Some of the more important criteria we look at when selecting a winner are:
- Community involvement (e.g. Fire brigade, St Johns, Young Farmers)
- Sporting and cultural achievements
- Future aspirations and ambitions they have to succeed in life
- Achievements to date from schooling right through to where they are now in life.
The award has been extremely successful and in the time it has been running a large majority of the winners have gone on to be very successful in life. Feedback we have received from those people say that winning this award gave them the confidence to get out there and
achieve and put their dreams and aspirations into reality.