Young and old join in quest
OLDER generations might sometimes seem aloof to young people of today's technologically distracted world.
But Lions Club leaders within the Tweed have their eyes on Louis Monaghan, Francis Filler, Georgia Kelleher, Sam Bowkett and Shanalee Hayer.
The Coolangatta-Tweed Heads, Terranora, Tweed Coast South, Kingscliff and Murwillumbah Lions clubs have the five competing in the zone Youth of the Year Quest finals today.
The Daily News sat down with St Joseph's College Banora Point senior leader Louis and school captain Francis, both Year 12, and was surprised.
Neither boy's campaign held selfish or career-ambitious goals at the forefront, as Louis explained.
"I definitely think learning from the older generation is a big benefit of Youth of the Year," he said.
"When you think about it, there's not much opportunity for intergenerational dialogue. It's cliche for a reason - the younger generation losing respect for its elders. I guess some see them as not needed, which is pretty sad.
"But they're actually very engaging. They have a lot to talk about."
Francis said his club competition at South Tweed Sports was challenging, but also conversational and respectful.
"They just try to figure out how you think and what your morals are."
The four youths will aim to proceed from the zone final at Mullumbimby today to the regionals at Tweed Heads Bowls Club on March 10.
Louis, Francis, Georgia, Sam and Shanalee will hope to succeed from there to the district then state finals and triumph in the May national final.