LtR: Lucy Shroeder , Kate Hobbs , India Old ,

Tolina Davis , Connor Fricke , Bronwyn Brandon , Helena Waters , Indiana Hansen.

The Lions Club of Jindabyne held its annual Youth of the Year Quest on Tuesday 16th February at Rydges Horizons Resort, Jindabyne. The Quest is held by Lions Clubs right across Australia and in all countries where Lions Clubs exist. The ultimate aim of the Quest is to select an outstanding young individual to be an Australian ambassador with the opportunity to travel overseas under the auspices of Lions Clubs International. Initial competition in the Quest commences at Club level and successful participants progress through to zone, regional, district and state finals. Young participants gain valuable personal rewards through the unique opportunity they have to voice opinions and passions that affect the communities in which we live.

The Jindabyne Club Final was contested by eight quality candidates from Jindabyne Central School and Snowy Mountains Grammar School from years 11 and 12. Candidates were required to undergo an interview conducted by three independent judges: Mr Dan Olejniczak of Fire and Rescue NSW; Mrs Michelle Pendergast, active community member and local business owner; and Mr Adam Hosie of KosciuszkoThredbo Pty Ltd.

The interview was made up of three parts. In the first section, contestants were required to outline their leadership, cultural, sporting, citizenship and academic experiences. The second section required contestants to respond to two impromptu questions on recent events taken from state, national or international contexts with no preparation time. The third and final component provided contestants with the opportunity to present a pre-prepared speech on a topic of their choice. Throughout the interview process, contestants were required to speak clearly, compose their responses in a clear and logical way and allow their personalities and passions to shine through.

The judging panel were impressed by the quality of each candidate, particularly with the way they all brought a unique skill set and differing perspectives to the competition.  Judges allocated points for each section based on specific criteria to determine placing.

Contestants included Kate Hobbs, Lucy Schroeder, Tolina Davis and Indiana Hansen from Snowy Mountains Grammar School and Helena Waters, Bronwyn Brandon, Connor Fricke and India Old from Jindabyne Central School.

After much deliberation, the judges unanimously decided on Tolina Davis as the overall Jindabyne Club Final winner, with Bronwyn Brandon winning the Public Speaking section and placing a very close overall second. Very few points separated all contestants and they are to be congratulated on their outstanding level of preparation and well-developed personal qualities they exhibited.

Thankyou also to Mrs Sue West of SMGS and Mr Michael Kowalewski of JCS and Jindabyne Lions Club for their organisation of the event which promises to begin a long standing and proud tradition in Jindabyne.

Lions Club International involves over 45,500 clubs and more than 1,368,683 members in 205 countries around the world. Much of the work of Lions clubs aims to raise money for worthy causes with administrative costs paid for by members. Jindabyne Lions Club is actively involved in our community, organising events such as the Snowy Mountains Muster, the Senior Citizens Christmas party and Australia Day celebrations. Regular barbecues are also held at community events to raise money to put towards worthy community causes. If you are interested in giving back to the community, would like more information on Lions Clubs or wish to join, contact the Secretary of Lions Club Jindabyne, Mr Brian Famer, on 0428619788.