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Tyler is clearly a passionate and motivated student and we think that he does a great job at personifying community spirit.
Emily Beaton, Trustpower Community Relations Representative

 Tyler Ford from The Catlins Area School has been named as the winner of the Trustpower Clutha District Youth Community Spirit Award.

The Award will be presented at the Trustpower Clutha District Community Awards held tonight on Monday 15 September at The Rosebank Lodge.

Run in conjunction with the Trustpower Clutha District Community Awards, the Trustpower Youth Community Spirit 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 Brittany Scott from Tokamairiro 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 Emily Beaton says “Tyler is clearly a passionate and motivated student and we think that he does a great job at personifying community spirit.

He helps make up a team in local cricket, soccer, touch and rugby as well as being the Catlins Area School Senior Boy Athletics Champ and Swimming Champ. Tyler takes part in all of these sports with great commitment, enthusiasm, skill and team spirit. But what stands out about Tyler is his dedication to coaching younger students. He currently manages and coaches the Catlins Area School Junior Touch Team for the fourth year in a row, as well as the Junior Basketball Team and this year refereed at Junior Sport Clutha days, for Hockey and Rippa Rugby.

Tyler is also a representative on the Clutha District Youth Council, as well as being a very successful House Captain and Head Student.

Much of Tyler’s leisure time is dedicated to the work of the Kaka Point Surf Life Guards. He has achieved IRB driver and crewman certificates, which is quite a feat for someone his age. Tyler’s trophy cabinet displays his expertise and in this 2013 and 2014 season he has earned trophies at the Kaka Point Competitions in Junior Ski racing, Senior Board Racing, Senior Swim and Senior Ironman. He was also awarded Most Valuable Male Club Member.

In addition to working over summer as a Surf Life Guard, Tyler regularly acts as a voluntary patrol caption. As well as taking part in the more glamorous front line duties, Tyler has also acted as the Gear Steward for the club, which means that any damage to equipment has to be reported to Tyler who then has the responsibility of repairing it.

Tyler is one busy student and has contributed to his school and community in a massive amount of ways.” says Miss Beaton.

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