Local Olympian returns for youth
RHODA ROBERTS knows what it is like to face challenges as a young person.
Her experiences growing up in Lismore in the 1960s, where she faced discrimination due to her Aboriginality, only serves to highlight her achievements.
Ms Roberts has kicked many goals as a journalist, artistic dir-ector, writer, broadcaster and actor.
These achievements she attributes to the indigenous leaders who were her role models.
“I was surrounded by incredible people who guided me and gave me the opportunity,” she said.
Tonight she will deliver the keynote speech at the Kids in Community Awards in Lismore.
She is expected to talk about the importance of inspiring and supporting young people.
“It’s about empowering young people, both black and white,” she said.
Secretary of the awards Maria Kelly said Ms Roberts’ story was inspirational.
“She was raised here in Lismore and went to Richmond River High,” Ms Kelly said.
“That she went on to be an artistic dir-ector for the 2000 Olympics is an amazing achievement.”
Ms Roberts was the artistic director of the Festival of the Dreaming, staged in the lead-up to the Sydney Olympics.
The Kids in Community Awards recognise young people for their efforts and achievements and highlight the importance of the role of youth in building stronger communities.
The awards also provide the community with an opportunity to express appreciation for positive actions taken by youth.
There are six awards which recognise youth in the following categories: youth in general, indigenous youth, diverse youth, youth in community, role models and youth who achieve against all odds. The winners are decided by a panel of judges with exp-ertise, knowledge and exper-ience in youth issues.
Judges consider the way the entrant’s work inspires, engages or includes other young people, the degree to which it goes beyond their normal school work and activities and the deg-ree to which it has an impact on the community.
The awards also consider the degree to which the entrant’s work fosters better relationships between different social, ethnic and cultural groups.
The Kids in Community Awards will be held tonight at the Lismore Workers Club.
For more information visit the Kids in Community website at www.kic.com.au.