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mod_for_paraplegic
11-04-2006, 09:20 PM
Attention: News Editor/Chief of Staff

WA’s outstanding youth awarded and positive media portrayal applauded

A 22-year old businessman who is passionate about ensuring disabled people can make the most of life has been named Western Australia’s Young Person of the Year for 2006.

Darren Lomman received the award and a European holiday for two from Minister for Youth David Templeman at the WA Youth Awards Showcase Dinner at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre Ballroom this evening.

Mr Templeman said Darren was chosen from an outstanding group of nominees and was an excellent role model for young Western Australians.

Darren operates a business called “Dreamfit”, which specialises in modifying recreational vehicles such as motorcycles, ski boats and even a hovercraft for people with disabilities.

“Darren is an inspiration - not only to those people with disabilities, that are helped through his business to lead more fulfilling lives, but to the whole community,” he said.

“He is proof that with dedication and the desire to succeed, young West Australians can achieve great things.”

Darren’s passion for modifying recreational vehicles for people with disabilities began in 2003 when he used his engineering skills to rebuild his own motorbike for a friend’s father who became a paraplegic after a bike accident.

After three years of modifications and plenty of hard work, Darren’s motorcycle was licensed for a paraplegic to ride.

Seeing the joy that riding the motorcycle brought to his friend’s father, Darren was inspired to set up Dreamfit to modify recreational vehicles for people with disabilities.

An outstanding all-round achiever, Darren was also named Young Biomedical Engineer of the Year in 2005.

As well as running his own business, Darren manages to find time to volunteer to help others.

Darren established the Disabled Recreation Club, a non-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging people with disabilities to become physically active.

He is also the driving force behind the “Celebration of People with DisAbilities” event to be held in Perth on 3 December 2006.

The WA Youth Awards recognise and reward outstanding young Western Australians aged 13 -25 years in the categories of active achievement, leadership, citizenship (individual), citizenship (group), inspiration and environment. Award winners receive $2000 in prize money and a sail aboard the STS Leeuwin.

Mr Templeman also commended the work of the media in bringing to public attention the outstanding contributions of young people.

ABC Goldfields-Esperance reporter Matt East was awarded the Special Judges’ Commendation for the most outstanding entry by a journalist under the age of 25 years and received an award and a cheque for $2000.

Mr Templeman said the State Government recognised the importance of young people in contributing to, and shaping, society.

“People often say that children and youth are our future. But they are also our today, and they are contributing now, and we all need to celebrate that.”


WA Youth Award 2006 winners were (each receives $2000 and a trophy):

WA Young Person of the Year 2006 / Inspiration – Darren Lomman of Rivervale

For further information on the winners, photographs or interview opportunities, contact Deanne Johnson at the Office for Children and Youth on 6217 8400 or 0418 900 873.

Minister’s office: Amanda Keenan 9220 5050

Irish
11-04-2006, 10:15 PM
Very well done young man, your an inspiration to the younger generation :yes: Even to us oldies too :whistling:

Congratulations again.

Dr Evil
11-04-2006, 10:46 PM
Good on you mate, well deserved.

ENVEE 2
11-04-2006, 11:26 PM
congratulations darren!!!!!! well done :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

snowman95
12-04-2006, 12:10 AM
well done man, also you copped most of your :thumbsup: 's here

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/forum/boar...showtopic=19197 (http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/forum/board/index.php?showtopic=19197)

BadKitty
12-04-2006, 12:35 AM
fantastic......good to see your getting the recognition you deserve.......europe eh? Hmmmmm :biggrin:

sabre1
12-04-2006, 12:42 AM
said it before and I will say it again TOP STUFF

Hussy
12-04-2006, 12:54 AM
You still owe me dinner!!!!! :tongue: :laugh: I hear you wrote a great paper of some description :dry:. Seriously, well done buddy. You deserve it for actually knowing what you wanted and getting off your ass and doing it, and making a difference in the process. :thumbsup:

mod_for_paraplegic
12-04-2006, 01:09 AM
You still owe me dinner!!!!! :tongue: :laugh: I hear you wrote a great paper of some description :dry:. Seriously, well done buddy. You deserve it for actually knowing what you wanted and getting off your ass and doing it, and making a difference in the process. :thumbsup:
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Yes I do owe you dinner... Just tell me when and where and we'll do it!!

Kassper
12-04-2006, 10:09 PM
Awesome Daz ! You deserve it just for enduring that whole drive to Darwin ! Nah seriously you are a good person and you've put in so much work to earn this (even making me pull over in the middle of no where to help out aboriginals with fuel :laugh: )

Lap it up and well done ! :wub:

mod_for_paraplegic
12-04-2006, 10:22 PM
(even making me pull over in the middle of no where to help out aboriginals with fuel :laugh: )

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:laugh: haha I had forgotten about that.

CBillyR
12-04-2006, 11:36 PM
Well done dude.
I've no doubt it's the recognition you deserve.
Your changing lives, be proud. :thumbsup:

reddog
13-04-2006, 09:10 AM
Darren made it to the local rag. You certainly would've made Shane's day.

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keez
16-04-2006, 05:35 PM
i saw u in the social pages of the STM last week! nice work