Esperance receives two nominations for WA Young Achiever Awards

Two Esperance locals have been recognised for their work in the community with a nomination for a WA Young Achiever Award.

The award promotes young people up to 29 years of age for achievements in 2017. 

World renowned drone videographer, Jaimen Hudson and cattle farmer Asher Goddard will find out if they have made the semi finals in March.

Jaimen Hudson was nominated for The Diamond Club Online Achievement Award, awarded to ‘digitally savvy innovators’.

Mr Hudson uses drones to capture video and pictures, which has helped bring the world’s attention to the picturesque landscapes of Esperance and promote tourism.

After a motorcycle accident left him a Quadriplegic in 2008, he found a new passion in drones.

“After my accident I knew I didn’t want it to define me, I didn't want to sit at home feeling sorry for myself,” he said.

“Droning has changed my life, I can’t see my life without it.”

Mr Hudson is working on a biographical documentary about his life and social media success with Sea Dog TV International.

National Geographic has expressed genuine interest in producing and broadcasting the film, ​he said.

Mr Hudson said social media would help the tourism season last longer as people see what Esperance has to offer. 

Cattle farmer and educator, Asher Goddard was nominated for the WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award.

Ms Goddard was recognised, in part, for her volunteer work, educating VET students at the Cattle Handler’s Club.

“It’s great to see kids that have never even handled cattle leading an animal around the ring with confidence [after three days],” she said.

She believed education was needed to correct the perception of farming as cruel and prevent farming techniques from being lost. 

Ms Goddard was initially daunted by the prospect of moving to the country and entering a male dominated industry as a young female, but is now determined to stay in agriculture.

She works as a Cattle Supervisor at Ranch East, Esperance and aims to have her own herd one day.

The winners will be announced on May 26, 2018.