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Since year 10 this impressive young lady has coached a combination of a year 9 netball team, year 8 volleyball team, year 8 water polo team and she coached the Southland Under 15 Volleyball team.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

The Award was presented at the TrustPower Invercargill Southland Community Awards held on Monday 9 September. 

Run in conjunction with the TrustPower Invercargill Southland Community Awards, the TrustPower Youth Community Award recognises secondary school students’ service to the school and the community. The Award is jointly run by TrustPower and the Invercargill City Council and Southland District Council. 

Local high schools were asked to recommend one student to be considered for the Award. The Runner-up for this Award is Holly Kemper from Fiordland College and the finalists are Gavin Reid from Central Southland College, Kelsi Lawson from James Hargest College, Samuel Grant from Southland Boys’ High School and Benjamin Simpson from Verdon College.  

To be considered for the TrustPower Youth Community Spirit Award students had to have given service to school or community projects, treated others with care and respect and been a good ambassador for the school and the Invercargill and Southland region. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says Lydia is generous young lady with a passion for helping others.

“The amount of time Lydia invests into coaching, managing and mentoring sports teams is quite staggering. Since year 10 this impressive young lady has coached a combination of a year 9 netball team, year 8 volleyball team, year 8 water polo team and she coached the Southland Under 15 Volleyball team.

“In recognition of her service to sport in Southland in 2011 and 2012 Lydia was awarded the Southland Secondary Contribution to Sport Award. “Lydia manages to invest this energy into sport on top of impressive academic results, having passed both NCEA Level 1 and 2 with Excellence. She is also this year the president of the LEO Club, was part of stage challenge and is an active member of amnesty international. 

“Lydia’s school says Lydia is a very humble and approachable person who continually goes out of her way to help others,” says Miss Somerville. 

For winning the Award Lydia will receive a trophy, framed certificate and $500 prize money, with $250 being given to a community group or organisation of her choice.