Joanna Balcombe was named Canowindra’s Young Citizen of the Year at the evening awards ceremony at Morris Park on Australia Day.
The teenager recently finished her higher school certificate at Canowindra High School and has been accepted into Charles Sturt University to study Animal Science at Wagga Wagga.
Joanna is a national champion for junior judging of meat sheep, she was captain of the Canowindra High School in 2017 and is a lifesaving instructor.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to be recognised by the people of Canowindra,” Joanna said.
“The small close-knit community of Canowindra has exposed me to so many opportunities that I would encourage other young people to get involved in.
“I hope to complete a Bachelor of Animal Science to give me the framework to build upon for the future.”
Member for Calare and Canowindra’s Australia Day special guest Andrew Gee congratulated Joanna.
I hope to complete a Bachelor of Animal Science to give me the framework to build upon for the future.Joanna Balcombe
“As I go around our electorate in this area one of the privileges is I get to see so many young people do wonderful things in our community,” Andrew Gee said.
“With people like Joanna at the helm I think our country communities have a very bright future. This community is very proud of you.”
Joanna thanked the people who nominated her, her family, friends, the Canowindra High School and its teachers.