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Our Joelene excels

Tuesday, 15th March, 2016

Broken Hill Lions Club’s Brian McCarthy (left) and State Coordinator for Youth of the Year Ron Pascoe (right) congratulate Joelene Galea on being named the Regional Youth of the Year. Broken Hill Lions Club’s Brian McCarthy (left) and State Coordinator for Youth of the Year Ron Pascoe (right) congratulate Joelene Galea on being named the Regional Youth of the Year.

By Patrick Reincke

A young Broken Hillite was named Lions Regional Youth of the Year on Saturday.

Joelene Galea, 16, was selected from a talented group of youths after she impressed the judges with her public speaking and interview skills.

“I feel pretty shocked, I honestly didn’t expect to win,” a surprised Joelene said. 

“I just wanted to represent my school and Broken Hill the best I could and I guess I got lucky!”

The year 11 student, along with her three peers, Nicola Macdonald (Mildura), Jake Barker (Irymple) and James Hamilton (Red Cliffs) were interviewed by a panel of five judges first up before having to talk about hard-hitting topics on the fly using their improvisation skills.

“It was pretty challenging but I think we all handled it well,” she said.

Joelene explained that when the judges returned from their 20 minute deliberation, there were some nerves.

“I was a bit nervous, you don’t know what’s going to happen,” she said.

“I didn’t expect to win at the first stage, let alone this one.”

Youth Chairman of the Broken Hill Lions Club, Brian McCarthy, said it was great to see Joelene receive the honour.

“The Club is very proud of her,” he said.

“She now goes onto the District Level at Red Cliffs in April and then hopefully, if she’s selected there, she’ll go to the State Competition at Clare. 

“Broken Hill has had two candidates in the past go all the way to the final six in Australia.

“In recent years, candidates have been hard to come by but we’ve had a pretty good response this year and no doubt Joelene will act as a role model to many students coming through in the future.”

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