Local Artist Makes Big Impact

Local artist, singer, performer, multi-instrumentalist and mentor Gabriel Nash has been picked out as one of the 28 finalists for the WA Youth Awards 2013.

The news article “A young achiever” has all the details on this story. It says, “The awards are presented by the Department for Communities and the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia, and  aim to recognise outstanding Western Australians between 12-25 years.” http://www.busseltonmail.com.au/story/1376989/a-young-achiever/?cs=801

Humble, in spite of his achievements so far, Nash said that he was amazed at his selection.

“I felt really privileged that I got noticed,” the youngster said.

The efforts that led to his selection include his leadership and performances at Just Artists & Musicians Performing Awesome Creations Together (JAMPACT), and at fundraising events such as Relay for Life, CanTEEN and a concert to raise money after the Queensland floods.

A member of the Busselton Senior High School bands Symphonic Wind 1, Jazz 1 and vocal ensemble, Nash is also part of up and coming indie band Needing Cherie, and helps out with his little sister’s T-ball team.

Nash is grateful to his family for the huge support they have offered.

“We’ve always been pushed to get up and give it a go, and that’s really affected me to help other people get up and give it a go too,” he acknowledged.

Nash’s mother, Lee, said that the family was overwhelmed by the support and acknowledgement from the local community.

“He doesn’t do it for the acknowledgement, he does it because he loves it. He loves life, trying to have fun, and making other people happy and joyful,” she said.

Nash was nominated by his teacher, Viv Baddock, for the award.

“She’s always been the kind of person that’s been there and interested in what I’m doing,” he acknowledged.

Nash said that he was both nervous and excited about the awards-giving night next month.

“I feel extremely privileged to represent myself, my family, Dunsborough, and South West,” he noted.

The WA Youth Awards recognise and award outstanding WA young people aged 12-25 years. The awards honour the dedication and hard work of youngsters, youth-led groups and youth workers throughout the state.

Each category winner will get a cash prize of $2000, with the overall winner – the WA Young Person of the Year 2013 – getting two return tickets to Europe.

To find out more about the WA Youth Awards, please visit the website

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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