Home-grown Heroes to inspire your team

Home-grown Heroes to inspire your team

Our growing roster of home-grown heroes makes not just Ovations but all of Australia proud. This month we present a list of home-grown heroes and pioneers, blazing trails here in Australia and across the world. Each of them, polished professionals who've devoted their lives and entire careers to achieving excellence. Included among our roster of illustrious speakers are Olympic athletes and Gold Medal Winners, pioneers in working with those struggling with disabilities, as well as several who've recently won 2022 awards for Australian of the Year. We at Ovations could not be more proud of their efforts and achievements this 2022. See for yourself how these heroes are changing our world.

Sport | Olympics | Social Responsibility

Kyle Chalmers is an Olympic swimming champion, who inspires through his efforts and achievements both in and out of the swimming pool.

Adversity | Social Responsibility

Identifying a gap in the healthcare of vulnerable people in New South Wales, Dr Daniel Nour founded Street Side Medics in August 2020. It’s a not-for-profit, GP-led mobile medical service for people experiencing homelessness.

In 2022 Daniel was awarded Young Australian of the Year.

Social responsibility

Founder and CEO of Sober in the Country, Shanna Whan is single-handedly creating radical social impact and change around how we discuss and use alcohol in rural Australia.

In 2022 Shanna Whan, founder of Sober in the Country, was named Australia's Local Hero for 2022.

Environment & Sustainability | Innovation & Technology

A materials scientist, engineer and inventor, Professor Veena Sahajwalla pioneers research into waste – turning it into a new generation of green materials and products. She does this as the Founding Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology at the University of New South Wales. In 2022 Professor Veena Sahajwalla was named the 2022 NSW State Australian of the Year.

Sport | Adversity | Olympics | Inspiration

A dual sport athlete who represented Australia on the international stage in both wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis since the age of 13. Dylan Alcott made history in 2022 in becoming the first person with a visible disability to be made Australian of the Year in the award's 62-year history.

Sport | Motivation | Adversity | Resilience

Turning the worst day of your life into your best is no easy feat, but sometimes there is simply no other option. In Brett Connellan’s case, this day included the moment every surfer’s worst nightmare became his reality when he was attacked by a Great White Shark.

Sport | Olympics

Jakara Anthony began to dream of Olympic gold. A silver medal at the 2019 World Championships and three World Cup golds followed before she came fourth at the 2021 World Championships to set up a run for gold in Beijing.

Social Responsibility | Education

Mark Le Messurier has devoted his life to improving the self-worth, wellbeing, mental health and life outcomes of young people. He focuses on who he calls the ‘tough kids’ – those who are struggling in some capacity. This includes children with disabilities, global developmental delays, disadvantage, disorders, neglect, or a combination of issues.

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