Esperance youth triumph at WA Young Achiever Awards

Two Esperance locals notched three WA Young Achiever Awards with a third local achiever reaching the finals.

World-renowned aerial cinematographer Jaimen Hudson won both the Diamond Club Online Achievement Award and the People’s Choice Award.

Scaddan farmer and fire safety advocate Tom Curnow won the WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award.

Cattle farmer, volunteer and educator Asher Goddard was also nominated for the Agriculture Award.

The winners were announced on Saturday, May 26 at the Pan Pacific in Perth.

Mr Hudson said it was ‘overwhelming’ and ‘surreal’ when he was announced as the winner.

“They went through the people who were nominated, who didn't make the finals, and you hear all the things they have done and you think ‘wow, I don’t even know if I’m worthy to be in the top three’,” he said. 

“The first award of the night was the People’s Choice Award and I was lucky enough to win that.

“Then my [online] category was the last award of the night, so it was quite a nerve-racking wait in the build up.

“It was a bit surreal and everyone was so excited, my family and everyone was there.”

The People’s Choice Award was the only category open to public voting.

“That just goes to show the love that I get from Esperance and the community and everyone that follows me online,” Mr Hudson said.

“I can assure you there were no other towns that had three people in the final, so I don't know what they've got in the water down in Esperance but there is something good going on down here.”

Mr Curnow said winning the farming award was a surprise because the other two finalists were of high calibre.

“I felt privileged to have a win, it meant a lot to me,” he said. 

“I didn't write a speech because I wasn't expecting to win but I thanked my family for their help in the two years since the fires.

“I tried to reiterate how much agriculture means to me and I wanted people to know that agriculture is the up and coming category in Australia and the world.”

Mr Curnow said he hoped to use his award to project his voice in advocating fire safety and promoting local brigades.

“It will also help me advance into the agriculture industry and put my voice out there for younger farmers,” he said. 

Ms Goddard reached the finals due to her dedication as a young farmer, her work educating VET students and her commitment as a volunteer.