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Geelong celebrates disability award winners

Wednesday, 8 February, 2017

The Geelong community celebrated the achievements of an outstanding group of people at last night's Geelong Awards for People with a Disability.

Karingal St Laurence (KSL) and the City of Greater Geelong hosted the awards at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, while Paralympian Kelly Cartwright was a guest speaker on the night.

KSL Chief Executive Officer Mike McKinstry said the awards, which began in 2015, have strengthened the region's status as a leader in the sector by shining a spotlight on the incredible contributions of people with a disability.

"All of the 2017 nominees should be extremely proud," Mike said.  "The Geelong Awards for People with a Disability continues Geelong's emergence as the centre of excellence for leadership, innovation and best practice in the area of disability."

The event doubled as the opening for the 2017 VALiD Having a Say conference and the six award winners were:

Simone Stevens - Volunteering and Employment
Annaliese Bishop - Sports and Recreation
Nicci Wall - Leadership and Advocacy
Ryan Schmidtke - Achievement
Michael Chan - Arts
Chloe Hayden - Young Achiever

Pictured below: The six category winners at last night's Geelong Awards for People with a Disability.

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