Local girl Joanna Balcombe has been selected as this years Cabonne Youth Ambassador. The Mayor and Councillors chose Joanna for her outstanding achievement academically, on the sporting field and for her involvement in many community events at a meeting held in December.
Joanna was awarded youth of the month earlier last year and competed against other winners of the award to then be selected for the Ambassador for Cabonne.
“It’s a huge honour to be selected for this role and I am looking forward to this opportunity,” said Joanna Balcombe.
As Ambassador Joanna will attend Australia Day ceremonies at Mullion Creek, Cargo and Canowindra where she will give a speech about what she has achieved and the opportunities she has been given by living in the Cabonne Shire. She will also present awards to winners on the day.
Australia Day awards will be held on Thursday 26th January at 1.30pm at Morris Park. This year Cabonne Council’s Australia Day special guest is Lindy Hou, former Paralympic cycling champion. Lindy Hou won gold at Athens followed by silver and bronze at Beijing.
Lindy Hou suffers a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa and began loosing her sight in the mid 1980s, Lindy is now nearly completely blind.
Lindy’s was forced to give up ball sports so she would compete in triathlons until she found her love of cycling in 1999.
Lindy will speak about her experience and share her journey of success and how to overcome challenges.