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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!
Congratulations to:

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.

THE CAN STORIES COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED.

Congratulations to our two winners: Emma Colenbrander & Thom Crawford

Emma Colenbrander has won a mentoring session with Daniel Flynn and $2000 to kickstart her dream of providing energy solutions to people in the developing world.

Thom Crawford has won a mentoring session with Li Cunxin and $2000 towards realising his dream of becoming a professional singer-songwriter.

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