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Past recipients

The RAS Rural Achiever Award is a state-wide leadership program run by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW to recognise future young leaders (20-29 years of age) who are working hard to make a significant contribution to their community and to rural Australia.

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2017 Ashley Norval

Ashley currently resides in Wamboin and is employed by Australian Pork Limited in the Research and Innovation Division as the Manager of Technology Adoption and Industry Capability. Ashley has a passion for the Australian Stock Horse (ASH), made apparent through her place on the National ASH Show Committee for 2014 and 2015, and all aspects of Australian agriculture. Ashley is interested in learning about producers from across Australia as well as educating individuals to ensure a sustainable future for the Agricultural industry. Read more

2017 Cameron Ward

Cameron is from Gunnedah and is predominately employed as a Farm Manager on the family farm. He is also employed in his father’s Earthmoving business as a dozer operator and is successfully operating his own small business, Great Northern Poultry, which produces Black Skinned chicken for the domestic Asian market. Aside from this, he is still involved with his local show both in the Cattle and Poultry sections, and is the Chairman of the Gunnedah branch of NSW Farmers. Cameron would like to see a reduction in suicide rates amongst young rural men, which he believes can be done through developing stronger relationships with others in the community. Read more

2017 Rebecca Cope

Rebecca is from Narrabri and is the Development Support Agronomist at Cotton Seed Distributors, Wee Waa. Rebecca has been elected as the Vice President of the Narrabri Show Society for the past three years and in her role, aims to engage those who aren’t directly involved in agriculture. Through education, Rebecca would like to see connectivity between regional and rural communities as she believes this is necessary for the future of rural communities. Read more

2017 Jarrod Grabham

Jarrod is from Bathurst and is currently studying a Bachelor of International Securities Studies/Bachelor of Arts (History) at Australian National University. Whilst studying, Jarrod is employed by Vivability Bathurst Inc. Interchange which sees him working with individuals from the community with disabilities, to enable them to participate in everyday community activities. Jarrod aims to become an advocate for the disadvantaged in rural communities, including indigenous Australians and individuals with disabilities. He also plans to use his Security Studies background to contribute to the national dialogue on foreign land ownership and the issue of keeping Australian agriculture Australian owned. Read more

2017 Elizabeth Munn

Elizabeth is from Leeton and is currently an Agronomist at Yenda Producers Co Op. Elizabeth has a continual involvement across her local shows and the ASC Next Gen but her latest personal achievement is her appointment as the President of the Leeton Show Society which makes her the youngest person to be in this position in a NSW Show Society. Elizabeth wants to use her position to make the show a success, especially through increasing Youth involvement. Read more

2017 Emily Clapham

Emily is from Ilford and is currently working as a medical registrar in the Hunter New England local health district while studying for her physician’s examination. In 2012, Emily was a state finalist in The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Competition and has continued this engagement with the competition by judging at both a local and zone level, plus presenting and interviewing showgirl entrants onstage. Emily has a strong interest in rural health and, in the future, hopes to provide outreach specialist care to those in rural and regional communities while empowering these communities to campaign for better access to health services and technology. Read more

2017 Amy Walker

Amy is from Hovells Creek and is currently employed as a station hand at ‘Breakfast Creek Station’. Amy is a member of the Cowra Show Society where she stewards for the Sheep section. She was awarded a RAS Foundation Scholarship, donated by the NSW Stud Merino Breeders Association, and subsequently invited to steward at the Sydney Royal Easter Show for the Merino section. Amy envisages a future where communities recognise and support farmers, creating resilient rural communities. Read more

2017 Thomas Dewhurst

Thomas is from Cowra and works for K-Line Agriculture as a Design Engineer. Thomas grew up on a mixed farming property in Western NSW which is where he was first exposed to a variety of agriculture practices. This paired with his engineering background sees him striving for a future where there is a greater uptake of technology to increase efficiency on farms and in the wider agricultural industry. Read more
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