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Will leads by example and when he decides to commit to something, he does this 100%, whether it is sporting, academic or community based.
Emily Beaton, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

Will Schmetz from South Westland Area School has been named as the winner of the Trustpower Westland Youth Community Spirit Award.

The Award will be presented at the Trustpower Westland Community Awards held tonight on Monday 11 August at the Beachfront Hokitika Hotel.

Run in conjunction with the Trustpower Westland 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 Westland District Council.

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 Westland region.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Emily Beaton says that “Will leads by example and his school says that when he decides to commit to something, he does this 100%, whether it is sporting, academic or community based.

He has taken on leadership roles in the last several years at his school, in many areas school wide. He is at every school working bee held at school and in the community, doing tidy ups, making gardens, chopping wood and most recently helping after Cyclone Ita hit his small town of Hari Hari, not only helping to clean up around his school which has been an ongoing job, but also in the community.

He has also been a representative of the school at many school and community involved sporting events. Last year he travelled with Westland High Schools 1st XV to play rugby in Australia and was named ‘Player of the Tournament’. He has also played rugby for the West Coast for over a decade and has been involved in Basketball from junior level to playing and refereeing in the senior teams for the last several years. This year William is representing the South Island in Rugby, Basketball and Volleyball and has also taken up the role of assisting with coaching the Under 12 South Westland Rugby Team training.

William took on a lead role in the School Production last year and has been involved in every production to date, encouraging other senior students to take part. William has also done a lot of fundraising in his time at South Westland Area School, as part of the leadership group last year he organised and ran a canteen for two terms to help raise money for the National Tournament trip to the North Island. ” says Miss Beaton.

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