Port Lincoln teenager finalist in Young Achiever of the Year

FINALIST: Tyrene Gardiner has been recognised for his work in the community, including with St John Ambulance in Port Lincoln.
FINALIST: Tyrene Gardiner has been recognised for his work in the community, including with St John Ambulance in Port Lincoln.

For a second straight year Port Lincoln's Tyrene Gardiner is a finalist in the 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards for South Australia.

Tyrene, 17, has been announced as a finalist for the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award, alongside 21-year-old Tessa Deak from Mount Gambier and 29-year-old Trent Wingard from Adelaide.

An active youth member of St John Ambulance in Port Lincoln, Tyrene has been active in the unit's Cadet Division running training sessions.

His role has included educating students on the use of defibrillators and cardiopulmonary resuscitation through workshops at schools.

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Outside of St John Ambulance, Tyrene is also a trainer at Tasman Football Club helping with taping/strapping as well as massage therapy and rehab.

This is the second straight year Tyrene has been named as a finalist and was a semi finalist the year before.

Tyrene said he felt "pretty chuffed" to once again be a finalist and to see his efforts being recognised.

"I'm pretty sure there were a lot of people who were up for selection and to think the work I'm doing is being seen as being so valuable is just great," he said.

"I like helping people and working with the community, it gets me out and about, learning new things and helping people.

"It's rewarding to know that you're helping somebody."

All category finalists will be presented and the winners will be announced at an awards gala at the Hilton Adelaide on Friday, May 21 with prizes for each winner including and trophy and prize package valued at $2000, including a $500 OTR voucher and $500 in Qoin.

All finalists are in the running for the People's Choice Award, run through the 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards SA Facebook page, the winner will be announced on Facebook on May 21.

Tyrene said he would be attending the ceremony and was hopeful he could be announced as the winer of the category.

"Looking at the other finalists I find myself doubting myself because they've done some amazing things and it blew me away reading about the things they've been doing," he said.

"However, I'm definitely hopeful."

Tyrene said his mother and father had been his biggest supporters while Peter Foster and Pauline Britza had supported him greatly at St John Ambulance in Port Lincoln.

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