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Upper Hutt Leader : May 30th 2012
5 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MAY 30, 2012 Get inspired, get free advice, get things done. Packed with over 100 Exhibitors showcasing the latest indoor and outdoor trends, free consultations and seminars, the Wellington Home Exhibition brings you all the ideas and know-how you need to really love your home. HOMEX.CO.NZ FRIDAY SPECIALS Two for one entry for everyone after 5pm Senior Citizens $7 ENTRY $10 Accompanied children under 14 free. FRIDAY 8 -- 10AM-8PM • SATURDAY 9 -- 10AM-6PM • SUNDAY 10 -- 10AM-5PM 8-10 JUNE 2012, TSB BANK ARENA, QUEENS WHARF, WELLINGTON Bring your drawings, sketches, photos, budget breakdowns. Talk to the professionals and get answers to your kitchen, bathroom, building and renovation questions. Get guidance on good project management, smart budgeting and clever design... in fact, anything to do with your project. Book your FREE 30-minute consultation at the show. Build trends Practical tips Colourful inspiration Real life solutions Ideas to love Expert advice Outside thinking For more details on our expert advisors, visit HOMEX.CO.NZ Visit HOMEX.CO.NZ and be in to WIN A $5000 Mitre 10 MEGA shopping spree Inspirational teens honoured WINNERS Winners in the Inspire: Upper Hutt Young Achiever Awards for 2012 were: Leadership, winner Issy Thorpe; runner-up Aaron Conlon. Service, winner Oliver Ewert; runner-up Ashton Lindsay. Culture, winner Andre Brown; runner-up Jessica Williams. Recreation/events, winner Sam Robbins; runner-up Thom Nguyen. Environment, winner Tre Ratahi; runner-up Tia Gillies. Community award, winners Thom Nguyen and Tim Scanlan. Youth entrepreneur award, winner Graeme Knowles. Supreme winner, Thom Nguyen. By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Inspired achievers: Supreme winner Thom Nguyen, seated, with category winners, from left, Tre Ratahi, Oliver Ewert, Issy Thorpe and Andre Brown. Absent was Sam Robbins. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN Local talent lauded in Young Achiever Awards Playing table tennis to national championship level and taking a leadership role at St Patrick's Col- lege have earned Thom Nguyen the supreme Inspire: Upper Hutt Young Achievers Award. The awards, presented during Youth Week, were announced at a function in the Genesis Energy Theatre at Expressions on Monday evening, May 21. They honour the accomplish- ments of young people aged 13 to 24 in the Upper Hutt community across five categories. Two special awards were added by judges who believed the achievements of some nominees needed recognition but fell outside the category criteria. Winning the supreme award came as a surprise to Thom. His family was equally sur- prised and very proud. New Zealand-born Thom, 17, whose father and mother Dzung and Hoa Nguyen come from Vietnam, was raised in Upper Hutt. He is in year 13 at St Pat's. He hopes to begin studying medicine at Auckland University next year. Thom was nominated by his school, where he is academic leader and deputy head boy, and Activation, which chose him to visit primary and intermediate schools in a role model capacity. Thom's father introduced him to table tennis and he plays for the Belmont Table Tennis Club in Lower Hutt. He represents New Zealand as part of the men's table tennis squad and narrowly missed out on selection for the London Olympics later this year. Thom has won a raft of table tennis competitions at national level, including New Zealand under 18 boys' singles and doubles in 2010 and under 18 doubles last year. He was named Dominion Post college sport Wellington table ten- nis sportsman of the year in 2010 and 2011. Last year he was named Upper Hutt City Sports Awards emerg- ing sportsperson of the year. Last week Thom was also runner-up in the recreation/events category and jointly won the com- munity award section with Tim Scanlan. The two established an after school academic tutoring pro- gramme at St Pat's. They co-ordinate student volunteers to tutor students across a range of subjects. More information about the winners and runners-up and photographs from the awards night are available on the website uhyouth.com.
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