Be inspired by four of the 2014 Australian of the Year Awards National Finalists. Watch their stories below.
2014 Australian of the Year Awards Winners Announced!
Adam Goodes – Australian of the Year
Jacqueline Freney – Young Australian of the Year
Fred Chaney AO – Senior Australian of the Year
Tim Conolan – Australia’s Local Hero
See the stories behind the 2014 Australian of the Year Awards National Finalists.
Adam Spencer uncovers the inspiring stories from four of this year’s Australian of the Year Awards National Finalists. Hear more about their exceptional personal journeys and how they conquered their goals. Watch the videos below.
Australian of the Year Finalist
After a gruelling seven-year training regime, Li became one of China’s foremost ballet dancers. His autobiography, ‘Mao’s Last Dancer’, later became a blockbuster film. Today, Li is Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet, a motivational speaker and mentor.
Senior Australian of the Year Finalist
Peter is the inventor of a device – NeuroSwitch – which enables people who cannot even lift a finger to communicate through a simple laptop.
Young Australian of the Year Finalist
Daniel is the founder of Thankyou – a social enterprise that has contributed to more than 100 water projects across nine countries and has assisted over 60,000 people with safe water access.
Australia’s Local Hero Finalist
A former teacher, education consultant and university lecturer, Suzy is passionate about literacy, and has become a catalyst for changing Indigenous children’s lives through literature.