In mid-December, naval engineering officer Lieutenant Commander Chris Maxworthy had the pleasure of a trip down memory lane, whilst taking time out to recognise students making memories of their own.
Lieutenant Commander Maxworthy joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1980 from Sydney’s northern suburbs and three and a half decades later was back as a volunteer presenter for the Australian Defence Force’s Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards, at Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School in Turramurra.
Two young women from the school were recognised for their commitment to upholding the values that are intrinsic to service in the Australian Defence Force. Year 12 student and outgoing School Captain, Larissa-May Anthony, and Year 10 student Tysha Suarez were nominated by their school.
School Principal Terrie-Anne Kamasz said the scheme actively encouraged participation in the school community.
"The Long Tan Awards have been a long-standing commitment from the Australian Defence Force to supporting and encouraging the Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School community," she said.
Lieutenant Commander Maxworthy said the awards had obviously come as a surprise to both recipients.
"Larissa and Tysha said that they were thrilled with the unexpected recognition, and I was very happy to be on hand on behalf of the Australian Defence Force," he said.
Also on hand on the day were Federal and State elected representatives: the Hon Paul Fletcher (Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure, and Member for Bradfield), Mr Alister Henskens SC (State Member for Ku-ring-gai) and Mr Matt Kean (State Member for Hornsby).
The Long Tan Award is available to all High Schools that wish to participate. The Award recognises the spirit of leadership and teamwork that was evidenced 50 years ago in the battle that is commemorated by Australian forces in Vietnam.
For more information and details that can be found at http://www.adflongtanawards.gov.au