Pedaling message to pay off
Elanora’s Jack Sinclair was hoping his hard work would pay off on Thursday night.
The 17-year-old has done more charity work in the past year than most people do in a lifetime.
Jack is the only finalist from the Gold Coast in the Queensland Young Australian of the Year Awards.
“I am quite proud to get the recognition, but not just for me but everyone else that has been involved too,” Jack said.
Jack was the youngest person to cycle across Australia to raise funds and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters, which helps young people needing friendship and support.
He raised $25,000 for the 4500 kilometre Perth to Paradise ride he embarked on with his father Brendon Sinclair last year.
“I told dad we should do it and he thought it was a great idea; then I said I meant on push bikes,” he said.
“We trained for a year before we did the ride. Some friends joined us at different times along the way but only my dad and I rode the whole way.”
Since the mammoth ride Jack has continued his charity work.
He manages www.sydneytosurfers.org.au website for the charity ride to raise funds for Youth Off The Streets.
Jack helped to raise $200,000 this year for the charity.
“I also ran the full Gold Coast Marathon and the Kokoda Challenge for charity this year,” he said.
“I was inspired by my brother who did the Kokoda Challenge last year with the school. I think I might run the half marathon next year.”
To top it off Jack is a motivational speaker to Scouting Kids and has applied to the defence force.
He said he wanted to be a pilot, and with a few more flying hours he will be able to do his first solo flight.
The young awards finalist said he was up against tough competition in the Queensland Australian of the Year competition, and he hoped he was in with a chance.
The awards cover three categories – Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero Awards, with four finalists in each category.
The Queensland recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards.
The national awards will be announced on January 25, in Canberra.
The Australian of the Year Awards program will celebrate 50 years in 2010.