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Date posted: 30 April 2012
A 12-year-old dance and martial arts enthusiast from Port Hedland, Western Australia (WA), is the winner of the WA Commissioner for Children and Young People's 2012 Participate! Award.
Torekana Bule-Turner was presented with the award by the Commissioner, Michelle Scott, at the Department of Communities' WA Youth Awards ceremony last week.
Ms Scott said the Participate! Award recognised a young person who had shown outstanding dedication to making a positive change in their community and who had inspired other young people to participate.
'Torekana inspires at-risk children and youth through hip hop and taekwondo, volunteering to teach hip hop dance three times a week and taekwondo twice a week for the past two years,' she said.
'Inspired by US President Barack Obama, Torekana's dream is to become the first Aboriginal prime minister of Australia.'
'Torekana was selected for the award from a field of four finalists who are involved in strengthening their communities in different ways.'
'I congratulate Torekana and the finalists for all for the work that they do, the commitment they show and for being an inspiration to others.'
Source: Pilbara echo