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He regularly engages youth in lunch time activities, has organised two formals and arranged a demonstration of a motorcar accident with local emergency services to highlight the risks associated with drink driving.
Jess Somerville, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

The Award will be presented at the TrustPower Clutha District Community Awards held tonight on Monday 16 September. 

Run in conjunction with the TrustPower Clutha District 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 Clutha District Council. 

Local high schools were asked to recommend one student to be considered for the Award. The runner-up for this Award is Richard Blair from South Otago High School. 

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 Clutha region. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says Garth makes a huge contribution to both the sporting and cultural life of Blue Mountain College and he is actively involved both formally and informally in the wider community. 

“At Blue Mountain College Garth is this year’s deputy head boy and the leader of their Students Against Drink Driving group. In these positions he regularly engages youth in lunch time activities, has organised two formals and arranged a demonstration of a motorcar accident with local emergency services to highlight the risks associated with drink driving.

“Garth is also a very capable sports person and he competes at representative level athletics, rugby and softball. He gets fully involved in the cultural life at school and is a great role model for the younger students participating in events such as their Performing Arts festival, Stage Challenge and various productions. 

“Garth’s leadership and sporting abilities skills were put to good use in the lead up and throughout the colleges Sports and Cultural Tour in 2012 where he not only captained the 1st XV rugby team but lead the haka for the whole touring party too. In the three years leading up to this event Gareth was a committed fundraiser and could be found cutting firewood, catering and tailing thousands of lambs for this cause. 

“His natural instinct to give his time also sees him serve on the Clutha District Youth Council and through this role he helps organise activities for youth in West Otago.

“Garth’s school says he has the quintessential combination of the ability to inspire and motivate others by leading from the front, along with the drive to get stuck in and do the work that is required to make things happen. Its high praise, but a commitment that is clearly demonstrated in his school and wider community involvement, says Miss Somerville.

For winning the Award Garth received a trophy, framed certificate and $500 prize money, with $250 being given to a community group or organisation of his choice.