West Tamar resident Josh Partridge was recognised as the region's young citizen of the year at the Australia Day awards last week.
Mr Partridge, an The Examiner sports journalist, was recognised for his work in the West Tamar Youth Advisory Council, as well as his contribution to local sport.
"You obviously don't set out to win the awards but having with the Youth Advisory Council for nearly 10 years it was pretty awesome to be recognised for the work that I've done, not just with them but with other groups as well," he said.
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"It's been good to continue to go through that [Youth Advisory Council] and in the last few years my sister's joined up as well... there's something cool that we can both join onto and work in the community which is nice."
Mr Partridge has played cricket for both Legana and Riverside, he has also played club hockey and he's championed the north in badminton.
In 2019, Mr Partridge and one of his mates participated in Movember, raising more than $1500 for men's mental health.
"Through high school I struggled quite a bit with anxiety so it just kind of made sense," he said.
"You see it in club sport and national sport as well, that mental health is a big issue and to raise awareness for it made sense.
"Pushing that message that you can get through it, you can get past whatever's going on with you... whether's it's small or something significant you can get through it."
Other award recipients include Frances Graham, who was named citizen of the year.
"It was a bit of a shock for me, there were so many people nominated who had done so much for the community," she said.
"It was such an honour to receive the award."
Ms Graham has worked with several community groups including the West Tamar Arts Group and Inner Wheel.
She has also co-ordinated charity fashion shows and acted as chaplain for services at the Exeter RSL.
West Tamar mayor Christina Holmdahl said all award recipients should be congratulated for their accomplishments.
"They come from all walks of life and give selflessly, often over a number of years," she said.
Full list of award recipients are as listed:
- Young sportsperson of the year - Hayley Older.
- Community group of the year - Riverside Neighbourhood Watch.
- Community event of the year - St Anthony's Fireworks Night 2019.