SW pair recognised for efforts in volunteering, sport

Ashwini SaseedaranSouth Western Times

Amir Salman and Izzac Delaporte are two of six South West nominees for this year’s WA Young Achiever Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people across a number of categories including volunteering services, sportsmanship and environmental leadership.

After five years of service at Bunbury Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, 23-year-old Amir said he was appreciative of being nominated under the Masonic Care and Freemasons Community Service and Volunteering Award category.

“Since I was a kid I wanted to be a firefighter so when I came to Australia and found out I could do it as a volunteer, it was a dream come true,” he said.

“I like giving back to the community that has given me so many opportunities.”

Amir has held positions such as uniform officer, cadet coordinator and lieutenant while also being a student pilot at Bunbury Flying School.

At 10 years of age, Izzac began a promising car racing career and his success within the past two years has earned him a nomination under the Surge Fitness Sports Award.

Izzac has received rookie of the year, a fairest and best award and has been the youngest driver awarded the highest point scorer overall in all divisions of speedway.

“Racing is more of a hobby – I like all the fun, friends, speeds and crashes so I’m excited but also a bit shocked I’ve been nominated,” he said.

The awards gala presentation will take place at Pan Pacific Perth in May.

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